February is Black History Month. And we’re here to honour this important month. The aim of this month is to recognise significant people in the history of the African diaspora. So we’ve created a list of the top 10 most influential black women in the 2010s.

Black History Month was first recognised in the United States in 1970. And it is, to this day, important for everyone to appreciate. Moreover, these wonderful women have influenced, inspired, and improved the world with their brilliance.

Let’s get into the list, which is in no particular order:

1. Shonda Rhimes

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Shonda Rhimes is the first Black women to manufacture a top 10 network series. Moreover, Netflix just recently commissioned her to create 8 new series. 

Previously, she created the much-loved show “Grey’s Anatomy” as well as “How to Get Away With Murder”.

2. Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama is the former First Lady of the United States. Additionally, she is a lawyer and the author of her memoir Becoming. In short, she is an inspiration.

She is especially well-known to this date for her line in the 2016 Democratic National Convention. She stated, “When they go low, we go high”. 

3. Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington is the first Black actress since 1995 to earn the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress. And Forbes indicated that she was the 8th highest-paid television actress in 2018. This stunning lady is certainly making history by rising in the ranks of television.

4. Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey is a popular talk show host and philanthropist. She is North America’s 1st Black multibillionaire.

Additionally, Oprah is often known as the greatest philanthropist in United States history. Also, she is arguably the most influential woman in the world!

5. Rihanna

Rihanna changed the game for makeup and lingerie with her inclusive makeup and loungewear lines:

  • Fenty Beauty
  • And Savage X Fenty.

Recently, created 40 shades of foundation. Which is far more than any other beauty line has done before. And she’s currently working on 50 shades of concealer.

6. Zozibini Tunzi

In 2019, Zozibini Tunzi became the third South African woman to win the Miss Universe crown. Also, she encourages all women to become leaders and take their power back.

Click here to learn more about how Zozibini Tunzi’s Miss Universe Platform is Empowering all Women

7. Serena Williams

Serena Williams is making strides towards calling out sexism in tennis. Moreover, she’s pushing back against dress codes in tennis. She doesn’t allow misogynistic suppression to subdue her.

8. Jada Pinkett Smith

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Jada Pinkett Smith is an actress, businesswoman, and screenwriter. She is well-known for her show “Red Table Talk”- running this show with her mother and her daughter. The premise of the show is offering perspectives of each generation on several different issues and topics. 

9. Gabby Douglas

Gabby Douglas was the first Black woman in 2012 to win the artistic gymnastics title:

Individual All-Around Champion.

Also, she was the first to earn gold medals in:

  • The Olympic individual all-around competitions
  • And team competitions.

Evidently, Gabby Douglas is a great example of how you too can achieve anything you set your mind to.

10. Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison was an author and professor. She is most well-known for her perspective-shifting novel The Bluest Eye. Unfortunately, she died at age 88 last year on August 5th.

If you haven’t already had the honour of reading her powerful novel, you can purchase it on Amazon

In summary, these are all wonderful women. They’ve done much to empower women throughout the past decade. From politics to sports, as well as television and more:

These women definitely deserve all of their success. And it is wonderful that they continue to share their perspectives.


We hope that you enjoyed this article in celebration of influential black women! If you’re interested in more more empowered women content, check out this article on International Women’s Day 2020.