TIME Firsts Women Leaders: See The Black Women Trailblazers Honored
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Oprah Winfrey

First woman to own and produce her own talk show

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Serena Williams

First tennis player to win 23 Grand Slam singles titles in the open era

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Issa Rae

First black woman to create and star in a premium cable series

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Aretha Franklin

First woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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Shonda Rhimes

First woman to create three hit shows with more than 100 episodes each

"I've always been an introverted person," Shonda Rhimes says, and she found the fame that came with her television successes to be "daunting."

“I’ve always been an introverted person,” Shonda Rhimes says, and she found the fame that came with her television successes to be “daunting.” Photo: James White/Courtesy of Simon & Schuster

Ilhan Omar

First Somali-American Muslim person to become a legislator

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Loretta Lynch

First black woman to become U.S. Attorney General

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Ava DuVernay

First black woman to direct a film nominated for a Best Picture Oscar

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Ursula Burns

First black woman to run a Fortune 500 company

Photo: Fast Company

Photo: Fast Company

Dr. Patricia Bath

First person to invent and demonstrate laserphaco cataract surgery

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Rita Dove

First black U.S. poet laureate

Photo: Damon Williams/ NYT

Photo: Damon Williams/ NYT

Gabby Douglas

First American gymnast to win solo and team all-around gold medals at one Olympics

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Carla Hayden

First woman and first African American to be Librarian of Congress

Photo: Cory Donovan

Photo: Cory Donovan

Mone’ Davis

First girl to pitch a shutout and win a game in a Little League World Series

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Mae Jemison

First Black woman to travel into space

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