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MAKERS Adds Groundbreakers from TV, Auto Racing

Jul 11, 2012

This week's additions to the showcase of trailblazing women includes an actress who broke ground in her role on Star Trek and a race car driver who was the fourth woman to compete in the Indy 500.

Nichelle Nichols is an American actress and singer whose legendary role as Lieutenant Uhura on the TV series Star Trek was thought by Dr. Martin Luther King to be "the first non-stereotypical role portrayed by a black woman in television history." After the cancellation of Star Trek, Nichols volunteered with NASA in a special project to recruit minority and female personnel.

As an American auto racing driver, Danica Patrick is one of the most famous and recognizable female athletes in the world. She's the only woman to ever win the IndyCar series and holds the highest finish by a woman – third place – at the Indianapolis 500.

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