Top 5 Black Women Trailblazers.
- Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the first elected black female president in the world. She was the president of Liberia from January 2006 – January 2018. She is a graduate of Harvard University. She was awarded Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 for her contribution for women’s rights.
2. Michelle Obama is a writer, lawyer, and university administrator who served as the First Lady of the United States of America from 2009 to 2017. She is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School. She is an advocate for poverty awareness, education, nutrition, physical activity and healthy eating.
3. Rebecca Lee Cumpler was the first female black physician in the United States. She obtained her degree in Doctor of Medicine in 1864 from New England Female Medical College. She practiced medicine in Boston and Virginia primarily for poor women and children and focused on diseases of women and children.
4. Folorunsho Alakija is a Nigerian Billionaire business woman, one of the richest African women, and one of the richest black women in the world. She is involved in the fashion, oil and printing industries. She is ranked by Forbes as the richest woman in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $2.1 billion.
5. Joycelyn Elders is the first Black female appointed as Surgeon General of the United States. She is is an American pediatrician and public health administrator. While in office she worked to reduce the teen pregnancy rate by increasing the availability of birth control, counseling, and sex education at school-based clinics, a 24 percent rise in the immunization rate for two-year-olds; and expanded the availability of HIV testing and counseling services, breast cancer screenings, and better hospice care for the elderly.