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Black History Month

A Reading to Remember: Young Girls Recite Maya Angelou’s ‘Phenomenal Woman’

Maya Angelou published “Phenomenal Woman” in 1978. Today, it’s still a definitive statement on womanhood, with all its variety and imperfection. Read More »

Way Before Hillary or Obama, this Black Woman Ran for President

Shirley Chisholm became the first black woman elected to Congress in 1968, representing New York’s 12th Congressional District. She was an educator before she ran for office, directing a nursery and child care center. When she ran for Congress, it was as a liberal voice for marginalized people. Read More »

8 Black Female Inventors Who Will Inspire You to Think Big

From an improved ironing board to a remedy for leprosy, these women contributed greatly to society as we know it. Read More »

Happy Birthday Rosa Parks! Beverly Guy-Sheftall Shares What You May Not Know About Her

MAKER Beverly Guy-Sheftall, one of the leading African-American feminist scholars of our time, shared with MAKERS how the civil rights heroine Rosa Parks, most known for taking a seat, had actually been standing up for many issues for years, and was even more remarkable than you may know. Read More »

African American Women's Firsts: Part Two (Photo Gallery)

The MAKERS mission is to assemble the largest collection of women's stories ever. Read More »

African American Women's Firsts: Part One (Photo Gallery)

Our MAKERS mission is to assemble the largest collection of women's stories ever, and so during Black History Month, we take a look at the unknown stories of African American women and the incredible firsts these women were able to accomplish despite the persecution, segregation and racism they f Read More »

MAKERS Celebrates Black History Month: Looking Forward

During February's Black History Month, we've explored the personal histories of some of our African American MAKERS by looking at the mothers who taught them about strength and the instinct to follow their hearts that led them to who they would become. Today, on the last day of February, instead of looking back, we're looking at 5 African American MAKERS who talk about changing the future.   Read More »

MAKERS Celebrates Black History Month: Following Your Heart

We're nearly halfway through February's Black History Month, and we continue with our closer look at the personal histories of some of our African American MAKERS by revisiting the stories of five groundbreaking women who followed their hearts despite skeptical onlookers and went on to pursue incredible careers. In today's MAKERS playlist, five MAKERS, a college basketball coach, a former Secretary of State, a president of an Ivy League university, a trailblazing publisher, and an NBA referee share stories of career perseverence and determination.   Read More »

MAKERS Celebrates Black History Month: What I Learned From My Mother

To mark the beginning of February's Black History Month, we wanted to dig a little deeper into the personal histories of some of our African American MAKERS. For many of us, our history begins with our mothers. So, in today's MAKERS playlist, 5 MAKERS who have made impacts in fields from humans rights and education to literature and business, talk about the women who taught them about strength: their mothers. Read More »