8 seriously badass women of color who changed the world in 2015

These women made blockbuster films, scaled flagpoles and started one of the most important movements of this era

Published December 30, 2015 2:03PM (EST)

Ava Duvernay
Ava Duvernay

Ava DuVernay is the first black woman to win the Best Director prize at Sundance Film Festival for "Selma," Misty Copeland is the first black woman to be the principal dancer in the American Ballet Theatre and activist Bree Newsome bravely scaled the flag pole at the South Carolina state house to take down the Confederate flag after a white supremacist shooting at Charleston's Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal church left nine dead.

These women along with five others turned the world upside down in 2015. Watch this video to see the full list of women of color who made immeasurable impacts in 2015.

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