Check out our list of 10 Black women who motivate us to be better and reach higher.

Endlessly Inspirational Women [PHOTOS] was originally published on hellobeautiful.com

1. 10 Endlessly Inspirational Women

10 Endlessly Inspirational Women

International Women’s Day is meant to celebrate women and the great strides that we’ve made in the ongoing movement for women’s rights. It’s also a day to honor the women who inspire us to push harder, reach higher, and go farther in life.

2. 10 Endlessly Inspirational Women

10 Endlessly Inspirational Women

While there is no shortage of women who that bill, here is a short list of our faves.

3. Ava DuVernay

Ava DuVernay

Film director

4. Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

Talk show host, OWN network creator, actress, and all-around media mogul

5. Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama

Former First Lady (AKA our Forever First Lady)

6. Issa Rae

Issa Rae

TV show and online content creator

7. Mae Jemison

Mae Jemison

NASA astronaut, physician, engineer, and the First Black woman to travel into space

8. Maxine Waters

Maxine Waters

Representative for California’s 43rd District

9. April Ryan

April Ryan

White House Journalist

10. Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche

Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche

Feminist and author

11. Alicia Garza, Opal Tomenti, and Patrisse Cullors

Alicia Garza, Opal Tomenti, and Patrisse Cullors

Black Lives Matter movement creators

12. Serena Williams

Serena Williams

Golden Slam Professional Tennis Player

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