20 black women YOU should know about (and how they made a mark on the world!)

1. Shonda Rhimes

Who is she?

An award-winning writer and producer.

What’s her super power?

Have you heard of Grey’s Anatomy? Yep, she’s the lady behind the lens for that incredible show. 

Where can you find her?

Find her tweeting away @shondarhimes.

2. Marsai Martin 

Who is she?

A fiery, purpose-driven actress and producer.

What’s her super power?

At just 16 years old, this bright spark is lighting up Hollywood with her talent.

Where can you find her?

Check out her show Black-ish and follow @marsaimartin on Instagram.

3. Opal Tometi

Who is she?

The co-founder of the 

#BlackLivesMatter movement. 

What’s her super power?

Mobilising citizens to fight back against oppressive systems.

Where can you find her?

Visit her website https://www.opaltometi.org and find her on Instagram @opalayo.

4. Aimee Allison 

Who is she?

An innovator who has dedicated her work to helping ethnic minorities.

What’s her super power?

As president of She the People, she engaged one million women in seven swing states to vote in the 2020 election.

Where can you find her?

You can learn more about her work at https://www.aimeeallison.com.

5. Kimberly Bryant 

Who is she?

An engineer championing diversity in the tech industry.

What’s her super power?

Created Black Girls Code, an organisation dedicated to 

“changing the face of technology.”

Where can you find her?

Find her on Twitter @6Gems. 

6. Emanuela Paul

Who is she?

A Haitian activist helping to eradicate gender-based violence. 

What’s her super power?

Emanuela is the programme coordinator for Beyond Borders’ Rethinking Power Programme.

Where can you find her?

Visit @beyondbordershaiti on Instagram.

7. Ibtihaj Muhammad

Who is she?

An inspirational lady who made history as a hijab-wearing athlete.

What’s her superpower?

Have you ever seen a hijab-wearing barbie doll? Ibtihaj made it happen!

Where can you find her?

You can find her at @ibtihajmuhammad on Instagram.

8. Cori "Coco" Gauff

Who is she?

The teenaged tennis sensation!

What’s her superpower?

Not only is she the youngest woman to win at Wimbledon since 1991, she beat her idol Venus Williams in 2019. 

Where can you find her? 

Find @cocogauff on both Instagram and Twitter.

9. Simone Biles

Who is she?

The most decorated American gymnast.

What’s her superpower?

As well as earning 30 medals, she has four elements in the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Code of Points named after her.

Where can you find her?

Watch her Facebook docuseries at https://www.facebook.com/vsonwatch or follow @simonebiles on Instagram.

10. London Breed

Who is she?

San Francisco’s first black female mayor.

What’s her superpower?

Anybody who has visited San Francisco will know that homelessness is rife. She is tackling it head on. More power to you, London! 

Where can you find her?

You can follow @LondonBreed on Twitter.

11. Raquel Willis 

Who is she?

Author and trans rights activist.

What’s her superpower?

As a speaker at the 2017 Women’s March in Washington, Raquel made her voice heard for transwomen.

Where can you find her?

Find her on Instagram at @raquel_willis

12. Adut Akech Bior 

Who is she?

A South Sudanese-Australian model. 

What’s her superpower?

Being awarded ‘Model of the Year’ at the British Fashion Awards in 2019.

Where can you find her?

@adutakech on Instagram.

13. Ilhan Omar 

Who is she?

The first Somali-American to serve in Congress. 

What’s her superpower?

Supporting the banning of conversion therapy.

Where can you find her?

@ilhanmn on Instagram.

14. Deborah Okenla

Who is she?

CEO of YSYS (Your Startup, Your Story).

What’s her superpower?

Providing a community for founders, investors, developers and creatives who want to diversify the talent within the start-up ecosystem. 

Where can you find her?

@deborahokenla on Instagram.

15. Izzy Obeng 

Who is she?

The founder of award-winning social enterprise, Foundervine.

What’s her superpower?

Developing early-stage start-ups and matching them with purpose-driven companies.

Where can you find her?

@izzy.obeng on Instagram.

16. Yvonne Bajela

Who is she?

Founder of venture capitalist firm, Impact X Capital Partners that invests in underrepresented entrepreneurs in Europe.

What’s her superpower?

Making Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list in 2020.

Where can you find her?

@YvonneBajela on Twitter.

17. Dr Kizzmekia Corbett

Who is she?

A 35-year-old viral immunologist at the forefront of the fight against Covid-19.

What’s her superpower?

Leader of Moderna’s Covid Vaccine development team.

Where can you find her?

@kizzyphd on Instagram.

18. Rachael Corson

Who is she?

Co-founder of the well-loved brand, Afrocenchix.

What’s her superpower?

Creating effective hair care solutions for women with afro hair.

Where can you find her?

Find her on Twitter at @RaeCorson.

19. Ayesha Ofori

Who is she?

The CEO of Black Property Network.

What’s her superpower?

Empowering the UK’s black community with property development and financial literacy.

Where can you find her?

Find her at @ayesha.ofori on Instagram.

20. Amanda Gorman 

Who is she?

A talented poet, writer and activist.

What’s her superpower?

Delivering her poem “The Hill We Climb” at the inauguration of president Joe Biden. 

Where can you find her?

@amandascgorman on Instagram.





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I’m so proud of what you are doing at grass-fields. I am honoured to wear your clothing and promote your brand.

Black womens supporting, promoting and celebrating black women. Nuff respect 🤜🏾💪🏾🙏🏾

Marilyn Holness February 26, 2021

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