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Photo: Paula Jager

One thing we can both remember growing up is constantly looking for people, women specifically, that looked like us and were doing amazing things in the world. Luckily, we grew up in a time period before the surge of reality tv and social media so the women in the forefront were a tad bit different than those that some of the younger generation are clinging to these days. While Brit grew up knowing that she was going to be her own little version of Claire Huxtable and absorbing all things Lena Horne, I was all about Oprah (still am, btw), Gina Waters and the OG olympian, Dominique Dawes.

With all of that, we thought we would shift our approach for this month’s Boss Chick and give you not one but six athletes - boss chicks in their own right, by the way - that we’re celebrating for Black History Month. You ready to get inspired in the “bossiest” way possible?

 

Serena Williams after winning her 23rd Grand Slam at the Australian Open 2017. Image Nike

Serena Williams

Let's just go ahead and get this one locked in right away. For us, there really is no list without Serena Williams. Her talent on the court has not gone unnoticed. In 2014, she was named America’s Greatest Athlete by The New Yorker and, now that she's landed her 23rd Grand Slam title, she is easily the greatest tennis player...ever. Raised in Compton, CA she, along with fellow Boss Chick and sister Venus, has dominated the game of tennis since she was 14 years old. She holds the most major singles, doubles, and mixed doubles titles combined amongst active players, male or female AND for the first time in history, her draw at last year's US Open sold out all matches bearing her name - even before the men.

In addition to her prowess on the court, Williams makes time for charity work. Back in 2008, her foundation created the Serena Williams Secondary School in Matooni, Kenya. The Serena Williams Foundation also gives college scholarships for underprivileged students in the United States every year.

 

Sheryl Swoopes' initial Nike player questionnaire. Photo: CNKDaily

Sheryl Swoopes

Raise your hand if you remember being glued to the TV for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, GA. If you're anything like us, chances are that was your introduction to a woman who would become one of the WNBA's pioneers.

One cannot have a discussion about the greatest basketball player of all time without talking about Michael Jordan and yet, Swoopes, often called the “female Michael Jordan” is also a huge contender. The first player signed to the WNBA, she has won three Olympic gold medals, is a three-time WNBA MVP, and remains on every top WNBA player list ever made. Prior to her work in the WNBA, Swoopes made waves at Texas Tech, where she was a standout. The Brownfield, Texas native scored 955 points in the 1992–93 season and also had three triple-doubles and twenty-three double-doubles during her time on the team. Swoopes was even one of the first female athletes to have her own Nike signature shoe. The Nike Air Swoopes remains a coveted sneaker among both men and women alike.

 

Florence Griffith Joyner wins the 100m during the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea. (Photo Credit: Allsport UK /Allsport)

Florence Griffith Joyner aka Flo-Jo

Before Serena, before Allyson Felix, before many of the great female athletes we witness today, there was a woman who has record that still has yet to be matched.

Florence Griffith Joyner also known as Flo-Jo was setting fire to tracks and fields with long, painted nails, cherry red lips, and a mane that seemed to float behind her. Taking the baton from Wilma Rudolph, Flo-Jo is considered the fastest woman of all time. In 1985, she won the 100m at the IAAF Grand Prix Final with the time of 11.00 seconds. Her records, set back in 1988 in the 100m and 200m, have yet to be broken. Sadly, Flo-Jo passed away in 1997, dying from an epileptic seizure. Her legacy, her work, and her ability to fly continue to live forever.

It is so important that women of all colors see themselves as cover girls, winners and champions.

This is just the tip of the iceberg in the long  list of phenomenal black women athletes and we wish we could shine a light on all of those that inspire us.

Who did we miss that you would have liked to see?


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