Ava DuVernay has just made history for black women everywhere

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Susan Devaney
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Director Ava DuVernay celebrates the career high we’ve all been waiting to see. 

There is no doubt that Ava DuVernay would be a welcomed guest at many a dinner table. Truth be told, she’d be first line for a seat at my table. Why? Because she just keeps giving and getting better as she breaks ceilings and climbs the career ladder – with her “sisters” in tow.

From her unwavering determination in championing other female directors that she definitely wants you to hire to her no-nonsense approach will serving on the first all-female Cannes Festival jury last month, she’s a true leader in her field.

Now, she’s just served up a lesson in career etiquette to us all. After marking an historic milestone by scooping the first black female director to hit the “$100 million club” domestically with A Wrinkle In Time, she didn’t let us forget about a fellow female director who came before her.

“Lovely room to be in. But can’t wait for more sisters to be here too. #Onward,” DuVernay wrote, pushing for more women to be given an opportunity to do the same. 

And then she cast our minds back to Angela Robinson, who directed Herbie Fully Loaded starring Lindsay Lohan over a decade ago, and made $144 million (£109 million) worldwide.

“And shout-out to Angela Robinson who crossed this mark with combined domestic and international in 2005 with Herbie Fully Loaded. She’s a boss.”

But she didn’t stop there. She continued to give credit where credit is due.

“Thanks to Disney for believing in the film from day one to weekend 15. Could have easily written it off. They never did. And thanks to all the kids and families who’ve continued to see the film in theatres,” she wrote on Twitter. 

We can’t wait to see what she does next…

Images: Getty