10 Black Women Who made History in 2021

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2021 was a challenging year for some, but for a few women, history was made.These women rose above all obstacles, defied the odds and led the charge in a purpose driven way to ruffle a few feathers and really stand out from the masses.

Read the list below to see all the Black Women who made History in 2021.

10 Black Women Who made History in 2021

Elaine Thompson-Herah: Jamaica

Elaine Thompson HerahThe Fastest woman alive with record breaking Olympic Win

Jamaican native, Elaine Thompson-Herah broke a 33 year old Olympic record when she won gold in the 100 meter dash at the Tokyo Games. She crossed the finish line in just 10.61 seconds, making her the fastest woman ever to run the 100 meters in the Olympic Games.

Robyn “Rihanna” Fenty: Barbados

Rihanna National Hero
BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS – NOVEMBER 30: Rihanna attends the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony at Heroes Square on November 30, 2021 in Bridgetown, Barbados. The Prince of Wales arrived in the country ahead of its transition to a republic within the Commonwealth. This week, it formally removes Queen Elizabeth as its head of state and the current governor-general, Dame Sandra Mason, will be sworn in as president. (Photo by Jonathan Brady – Pool/Getty Images)

The Bajan singer was named National Hero by the Prime Minister of Barbados

The award of National Hero was established in 1998, to recognize the most influential and successful figures in Barbados’s history and those who are awarded the title will be referred to as National Heroes and addressed as “The Right Excellent ”. Rihanna was also named a Billionaire earlier in 2021.

Michaela Coel: United Kingdom

Michaela Coel
The  First Black Woman to Win an Emmy for Limited Series Writing

Michaela took home the honour for her series “I May Destroy You” which pulls on her personal experience with sexual assault which earned raving reviews. During her acceptance speech, she expressed “Write the tale that scares you, that makes you feel uncertain, that isn’t comfortable, I dare you”.

Amanda Gorman: America

Amanda GormanThe 23 year old is the youngest American Poet to ever perform a spoken work piece at a Presidential Inauguration.

She is also an award-winning writer and cum laude graduate of Harvard University, where she studied Sociology.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala : Nigeria

Ngozi OscarThe first woman and first African to lead the World Trade Organization

Ngozi was unanimously chosen by WTO’s 164 members to be it’s new Director General. She previously served as Nigeria’s Finance Minister and Foreign Minister, making her the first woman to hold both positions.

Vanessa Kingori MBE: United Kingdom

Vanessa Kingori MBEBritish Vogue’s first female business lead in their 105 year history and Conde Nast Britain’s first Black Publisher.

Vanessa is a multi-award winning businesswoman, diversity proponent and mother. As the Chief Business Officer at Conde’ Nast brands including: Vogue, GQ, Wired, Vanity Fair, Glamour, Tatler and more.

Viola Davis: United States

Viola Davis
HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 26: Actress Viola Davis poses in the press room with the Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for ‘Fences’ at the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/Getty Images)

The most nominated Black actress in Oscars History

Viola is the only Black woman to be nominated twice for best actress. She said ” if I go back to the Oscars four times in 2021 it makes me the most nominated Black actress in history, that’s a testament to the sheer lack of material there has been for artists of color.

Shenseea: Jamaica

ShenseeaDancehall star Shenseea continues to have a blessed year, after copping the 2021 Music Of Black Origin (MOBO) Award for Best Reggae Act. She’s the first female artist to win the Reggae Award since its inception in 1996.

Mia Mottley: Barbados

Mia MottleyMia Mottley is the Prime Minister of Barbados and has been doing amazing things.

Ahead of the General Election scheduled for January 19, 2022, she made the announcement that Barbados is now a Republic. This means the country is now saying goodbye to the British monarchy and is now operating without the Queen as the head.

Terri-Karelle Reid: Jamaica

Terri-Karrelle Reid

TEDxAshtonUniversity Speaker

Dr. Terri-Karelle Reid won the Miss Jamaica World title in 2005. Since then, she has built a tremendous brand based on authenticity and excellence where she is a highly sought after speaker and M.C at a number of Corporate events locationally and internationally.

In  2021, Terri Karelle Reid was a speaker at TEDxAstonUniversity in Birmingham, United Kingdom where her talk focused on identity ownership in a legal capacity. This “Jamaican Girl” was the only Jamaican Female on the platform alongside Jamaica’s Zachary Harding. This is a major moment!

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