Ketanji Brown Jackson Adds To A List Of Black Women Who’ve Achieved Political Firsts

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Portrait of Patricia Roberts Harris

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Patricia Roberts Harris

Patricia Roberts Harris achieved several political firsts.

She was our nation’s first Black woman ambassador, the first Black woman to serve in a presidential cabinet under President Jimmy Carter’s administration and the first woman to hold two different cabinet positions.

She worked as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development from 1977 to 1979 and as Secretary of Health and Human Services from 1979 to 1981.

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