4 Black Women Making History in Business as the Firsts

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#BlackGirlMagic. This hashtag has been making its rounds on social media and with great reason. Black women are continuing to make moves in business and having incredible impacts on the economic growth of this country. According to a report issued by the Institute of Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), the number of women-owned companies has grown 68 percent since 2007, compared with 47 percent for all businesses. Minority women have experienced even swifter growth with 265 percent increase since 1997. Minority women now make up one in three of women-owned businesses.

Black women are not only starting their own businesses at record paces, but they are also making history in Corporate America. Last week, Channing Dungey was appointed president of ABC Entertainment, making her the first black to be named president of a broadcast network. Dungey previously oversaw such dramas as “Scandal” and “How to Get Away with Murder,” 2 shows led by other black women powerhouses. 

In honor of Black History Month and the upcoming Women’s History Month, we want to celebrate African American women who are breaking barriers and making their own rules for success. Here are four women who are making history as the firsts. 

 We encourage you to learn more about these inspiring women leading the change we want to see more of. 

Sources: Nededog, Jethro. “ABC’s Channing Dungey to be first black broadcast-network president.” Business Insider, 17 February 2016. Web. 21 February 2016.; White, Gillian B. “Women Are Owning More and More Small Businesses.” The Atlantic, 17 April 2015. Web. 21 February 2016.; Dingle, Derek T. “No 14: Ursula Burns, The Corporate Innovator.” Black Enterprise, 25 August 2010. Web. 21 February 2016.; Brown, Carolyn M. “Entrepreneurs Conference: How Janice Bryant Howroyd Built a Billion-Dollar Business.” Black Enterprise, 17 May 2012. Web. 22 February 2016.; Fairchild, Caroline. “Emory hires first African-American to lead top business school.” Fortune, 19 May 2014. Web. 22 February 2016.
Vonna Matthews

Vonna Matthews is a marketing and branding expert who has over ten years experience working with non-profits and small businesses. She received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her MBA from Dallas Baptist University. As a wife, mother of 2 and entrepreneur, Vonna understands the challenges of work/life balance. Her brand Bottles, Bibs & Pumps helps mompreneurs grow their businesses.

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