While many women of color have made significant contributions to STEM fields for generations, some firsts are rather recent and worth acknowledging. This means that the women who pave the way and lead by example, are grandmothers in a broad sense of the word.
You might like to check out this 2004 letter from Williams posted on the arxiv, entitled
“A Word from a Black Female Relativistic Astrophysicist: Setting the Record Straight on Black Holes”
A great way to celebrate recent achievements of women such as Williams is to follow #BlackandSTEM on Twitter. In addition to celebrating successes, the posts raise awareness of microagressions and other struggles people of color face in the workforce.