So it's funny that although both of these women were the first black women to accomplish these things, there are people who don't realize they're black! Maybe that a good thing if it means we are more color blind?
Actually I think its quite telling that they are both pale for their race. Sadly.
Both are more white than black when it comes down to it.
I have always found it odd that I am an even half-and-half. My mother has only Asian/Pacific Islander ancestry and my father has only European ancestry. The vast majority of people cannot figure out what race I am and will ask bluntly.
But you have someone like Halle Berry who has a European mother and a father who was the standard American White/Black mix (Not sure what he looks like but the majority of people called "black" in the US are a mix.) Of course she gets called "Black" though she is likely 50-75% white.
I was 20 before I realized that people who asked me, "What race are you?" before asking my name were on the inappropriate side. Not mean or racist or rude - because most of the time it's without malice. But it is sort of odd. Get to know me before you ask personal questions.