A young woman has made history this week after becoming the U.S. Navy's first-ever black female Brigade Commander.
Here's what we know...
This is a huge moment for the U.S. Naval Academy.Sydney Barber's incredible achievement has gone viral this week, with many speculating what exactly this will mean for future black female recruits.
Now, the U.S. military has long had an issue with discrimination and equality.
via: GettyIt will come as no surprise to most of us - particularly us women - that there has been an ongoing gender bias across all sectors of the military.
As of 2018, roughly 1.29 million people had enrolled in the U.S. military...
via: GettyBut only sixteen percent of these were women, statistics found.
Admittedly, women's roles in the military have gradually been expanding over the years...
via: GettyBack in the 1970s when women were first allowed to enlist, they were restricted to primarily administrative jobs.
But, in 2015, the former Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter, announced that women will be integrated into previously closed combat jobs and training...
via: GettyWhich, of course, was a huge step in the right direction.
And now, there has been a groundbreaking development within the U.S. Navy...
via: GettyAnd it could very well change the future of aspiring female recruits forever.
While fifteen women have previously held the prestigious position of brigade commander in the US Naval Academy...
Well, until now they haven't.This week, midshipman 1st Class Sydney Barber has become the sixteenth woman and the first black woman to obtain the role.
The U.S Naval Academy took to Twitter to announce the news...And the messages of congratulations were quick to follow.
Everyone, meet the U.S. Navy's latest brigade commander.
The academy wrote this: "The Commandant of Midshipmen announced the spring semester MIDN leadership positions, Friday, Nov. 8, which includes the selection of #USNA's first African American female brigade commander, MIDN 1/C Sydney Barber, of Lake Forest, Ill."
The Commandant of Midshipmen announced the spring semester MIDN leadership positions, Friday, Nov. 8, which include… https://t.co/Dc357413qa— U.S. Naval Academy (@U.S. Naval Academy)1604948787.0
However, the young woman has remained incredibly humble about her achievement.
Barber, who is the co-president of the Navy Fellowship of Christian Athletes Club, secretary for the National Society of Black Engineers, and a member of the USNA Gospel Choir and Midshipman Black Studies Club, said in a statement: "Earning the title of brigade commander speaks volumes, but the title itself is not nearly as significant as the opportunity it brings to lead a team in doing something I believe will be truly special."