Althea Gibson, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Florence Griffith Joyner, Laila Ali, Wilma Rudolph, and Candace Parker — these are just a few of the Black women who have forever changed sports. These women paved the way for current and future athletes while disrupting the world of sports for the better. Today, Black women are still breaking down barriers in their respective sports and in society.
Ahead are just a handful of Black women doing amazing things in sports and this list will continue to grow. The 36 women will inspire you to dream bigger and work harder — not just for yourself, but for all the Black and brown girls that will come after you.