February marks Black History Month in the United States and Canada, but the celebration, recognition, and acknowledgment of Black women should extend well beyond February. Learning and appreciating the contributions of Black women should be a year-round endeavor rather than limited to a single month. There are numerous remarkable women whose stories and achievements deserve more attention, so here’s a compilation of 17 Black women who are currently making a difference. From the first Black vice president of the United States (yes, Kamala Harris!) to business leaders, journalists, activists, and more, these women’s stories are ones we should all familiarize ourselves with.

1. Kamala Harris, Vice President of the United States

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Kamala Harris is the first Black, first woman, and first South Asian vice president of the United States. Prior to this role, she served as a senator from California and the state’s attorney general. Her accomplishments are truly historic and noteworthy.

2. Kristen Welker, Chief White House Correspondent, NBC News

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Kristen Welker is a political correspondent at NBC News and currently serves as the co-Chief White House Correspondent. Her noteworthy reporting during the 2020 presidential debate received acclaim, showcasing her skill and talent in the field.

3. Misty Copeland, Principal Ballerina, Author (and more)

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Misty Copeland is renowned as the first Black female principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre. Beyond her ballet career, she is an author, public speaker, and model, showcasing her talents in various creative pursuits.

… (and so on for the rest of the list)

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