Previously published in Examiner
Conclusion of the Congresswoman Series
Shirley Chisholm continued
Chisholm authored two books. Unbought and Unbiased (1970), is the story of her life and her struggle for civil and gender equality. While The Good Fight (1973), continues her story.
Shirley was gutsy enough to do something that had never been done before, and that was to run for the President of the United States, even though she had already accomplished something that had never been done before, she became the first black congresswomen in the United States. Shirley states in her book, The Good Fight, “In this country everybody is supposed to be able to run for President, but that’s never been really true. I ran because most people think the country is not ready for a black candidate, not ready for a woman candidate.”
Chisholm is the founder and chair of the National Political Congress of Black Women
In 1975, Chisholm was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws degree by Smith College
In 1993, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame
In 2002, professor Molefi Kete Asante, Professor of African American Studies, which he himself founded, listed Shirley Chisholm on his list of 100 Greatest African Americans.
Women in Canada have enjoyed many first during the 20th many of these firsts, will be discussed at a later date, but for this particular article, please note that these firsts includes:the first Canadian woman Prime Minister, the first woman Deputy Prime Minister, the first woman Speaker of the House, the first women head of the Privy Council, and the First Governor-General (actually all the female Governor-Generals will be talked about in later issues of this women’s issues column).
The Conseil des Montréalaises and other municipal parties are concerned with the issue of the representation of women’s issues in municipal politics. In 2005, they published the “2005 Elections: Make Way for the Women of Montréal,” which presented its analysis and call for action.” In October of that year they held a debate to discuss, ” women’s place in municipal democracy, improving Montréalers’ quality of life through housing and affordable public transit, and Montréal’s leadership as an employer.” The Conseil des Montréalaises continues its service to give voice and representation to Montreal women. Click here for the article