As Black History Month is nearing its end, we couldn’t neglect to mention trailblazer, Shirley Ann Jackson.

Few people have a resume as impressive as Shirley Ann Jackson. She was the first woman to receive a doctorate from MIT in any field, studied subatomic particles during the 1970s, was appointed by Bill Clinton to serve as Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (becoming the first woman and first African American to hold the position), and became the 18th president of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (again, becoming the first woman and first African American to hold the position).

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