This past June, Mareena Robinson Snowden became the first Black woman to ever receive her Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
She announced the milestone in an Instagram post:
“No one can tell me God isn’t. Grateful is the best word I have to describe how I feel. Grateful for every part of this experience – highs and lows,” she wrote. “Every person who supported me and those who didn’t. Grateful for a praying family, a husband who took on this challenge as his own, sisters who reminded me at every stage how powerful I am, friends who inspired me to fight harder. Grateful for the professors who fought for and against me. Every experience on this journey was necessary, and I’m better for it.”