trail·​blaz·​ing | \ ˈtrāl-ˌblā-ziŋ How to pronounce trailblazing (audio) \

Definition of trailblazing

: making or pointing a new way trailblazing legislation

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Named for the trailblazing opera singer, the honor recognizes acclaimed artists that have positively impacted society. Gail Mitchell, Billboard, "Kool & the Gang, Sheila E., Angelique Kidjo and More Heat Up 2019 Playboy Jazz Festival's Opening Day," 9 June 2019 Beyond this project, New York is working to address the fact that so few of its public monuments feature women by creating a series of new ones, including figures of Billie Holiday and the trailblazing congresswoman Shirley Chisholm. Peter Libbey, New York Times, "New York’s Tribute to the ‘Tombs Angel’: Lost, Found, Now Restored," 16 June 2019 Award for her trailblazing efforts to combat the stigma around mental illness and seeking mental health services. Paula Rogo, Essence, "Taraji P. Henson Hosts Inaugural 'Can We Talk?' Benefit Dinner For Her Mental Health-Focused Foundation," 9 June 2019 Creating the first shoppable music video experience seemed like a natural way to accomplish that -- and speaks to Chantel’s trailblazing nature. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Chantel Jeffries & Jeremih 'Chase The Summer' With Shoppable Music Video: Watch," 5 June 2019 But more than a decade earlier, those very first iPods—the trailblazing ones—completely vanished from the shelves. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "Would You Pay $20,000 for an Original iPod?," 9 May 2019 For those who don't know, Gold House is a non-profit collective of trailblazing Asian founders and leaders whose mission is to champion fellow Asians and ensure their cultural impact gets recognized. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "These Are the People Being Honored on the A100 List of Influential Asians in 2019," 1 May 2019 That last fact could be why Carroll is little-known in comedic spheres despite her trailblazing work. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," 16 Dec. 2018 So many remarkable and trailblazing women have worn this dress. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "There's an Unexpected Fashion Connection Between Meghan Markle and Kylie Jenner," 2 Jan. 2019

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1951, in the meaning defined above

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