Black Women Pilots Make History in Commercial Flight

On Sunday, First Officer Dawn Cook and Captain Stephanie Johnson made history as the first ever black women pilots to fly together on a Delta mainline flight. Just recently, Johnson also became the first ever black woman captain for Delta Airlines. During an interview for Black History Month, she recently shared about her dream of flying:…

7 Tips for Raising a Girl of Color in STEM – I am Living Proof

So first, a little bit about me. I am an aerospace engineer and an electrical engineer. I have two degrees of science (bachelor’s and master’s) and am completing a doctorate. I’ve had internships at some major engineering companies and government. I eat, sleep, and breathe STEM. But how? Well in short? My parents got me started early…like…

Moonlight’s Joi McMillon is the First Black Woman Nominated for Film Editing

Meet Joi McMillon, the first ever black woman nominated for Film Editing (Moonlight) at the 89th Academy Awards. McMillon told The Huffington Post that she understands the milestone comes with a responsibility to cultivate and inspire future film editors of color. “I know whenever this situation happens, whether you want it or not, a lot of…

Women in Law Face Obstacles + 3 Black Women Who Started Their Own Firm

It is a sad truth. Women in law are highly discriminated against, particularly in regards to higher positions. (Minority lawyers are as well. Now, imagine if you are a women of color in the profession?) Meanwhile, majority of the workforce is older, white, and male hence the term “Good Old Boys Club”.  Though some firms are making efforts…

Hidden Figures of Today – 5 Minority Women You Should Know About

Back in November, IBM and Vanity Fair partnered up to profile eight diverse trailblazers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (S.T.E.M.). Five of these individuals are women of color who have broken barriers in the field and become role models for those of us who have followed their footsteps. “When I went into space, people asked me about ‘its…

White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford Broke Barriers

Did you know that Filipino-American Cristeta Comerford is the first woman — and first minority — to become the White House Executive Chef? She has held this role since 2005 when she was appointed by First Lady Laura Bush. When President Barack Obama took office, First Lady Michelle Obama chose to retain Comerford stating: “[She] brings such incredible talent to…

Up and Coming Black Female Superhero in Marvel’s “Luke Cage”

Black female superhero? Indian? Latina? What? It is not often that we see women of color take on superhero roles in a movie. It is even rarer to see them play superheroines in a tv or web series. That is why emerging actress Simone Missick is breaking barriers as she stars as Misty Knight in Marvel’s “Luke Cage”. black…

Simone Manuel Becomes the First African-American Woman to Win …

Last night, Simone Manuel became the first African-American woman to win an individual event in Olympic swimming!  She also broke the Olympic record by 0.01 second.  Manuel on the significance of her win: I definitely think it raises some awareness and will get them inspired.  I mean, the gold medal wasn’t just for me. It…