Black Women Who Came Through and Made History (But You May Have Missed It)

February 8, 1943 -

After initially identifying that concave mirrors can create the illusion of 3-dimensional objects as a Data and Mathematical Analyst at NASA, Valerie Thomas created and patented a 3-dimensional illusion transmitter. It isn't her only innovation. The Morgan State University alum holds patents on several other inventions, has won countless awards and serves as mentor, via several initiatives, in the STEM community.

Black women have laid the blueprint and simultaneously constructed the tools needed to execute the vision and get sh*t done.  At America’s core, there is an unspoken acknowledgment of the many ways Black women have saved this country throughout history yet their praises are infrequently sung. Whether fighting on the frontline for the right to live a life free of oppression or inventing 3-D illusion that we emulate and use for our enjoyment today, we know that there is no progress without their vision and work. Here’s a list of Black women who have changed the game for us all, but in many ways their accomplishments were overlooked. It will make you think, “damn, a Black woman did that, too?” Yes. She did.

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