As Democratic National Convention speeches came to a close on Thursday night, a hashtag commemorating successful black women was born.
The hashtag #BlackWomenDidThat came to be after three African American women helped close the DNC: organization chair Rep. Marcia Fudge as, interim chair Donna Brazile (replacing Debbie Wasserman-Schultz), and CEO Leah Daughtry. Users on Twitter were discussing how to commemorate them and others when they came up with the hashtag, which quickly went viral.
In no time at all, Twitter users began posting tweets that honored influential black women from America's past and present. The tweets were particularly relevant in this year's election, which has seen racial tensions on the rise. During the Republican National Convention, Rep. Steven King was criticized after questioning what people of color have done for society. Maybe someone should get him to look at the #BlackWomenDidThat hashtag.
This morning, thousands of tweets are serving as a reminder of the many incredible societal contributions from African American women, and the many barriers they have broken down to get where they are. In a week where Michelle Obama gave a particularly moving speech about how she represented historical progress, it seems worthwhile to acknowledge other women who have overcome a similar obstacle.
Of course, Obama herself got some praise.
Other users gave shoutouts to women such as Shirley Chisholm. If that name doesn't ring a bell, know this: Chisolm was the first African American woman elected to the United States Congress. In 1972, she became the first black candidate for a major party in the U.S. and the first woman to run for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination, breaking two barriers at once.
Users also celebrated actresses who broke down barriers.
And historical figures who changed the world around them.
They lauded athletes.
And also had a little fun.
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