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The Most Iconic Oscar Firsts for Women Throughout History

Diversity in the Oscars has been the subject of a wide conversation (and controversy). From celebrities planning to boycott the ceremony, to social media users jumping in on the conversation with the now viral hashtag, #OscarsSoWhite, to recent studies proving that the diversity problem in the Oscars is actually a crisis of inclusion throughout Hollywood, it's clear that this discussion is far from over.

As we prepare for the 88th Academy Awards on Sunday, we are reliving these iconic firsts of trailblazing women who broke through the largely white and male dominated Academy. Their achievements are truly inspiring and showcase the possibilities for women in Hollywood.

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