Friday, December 02, 2005

Shirley Chisholm: Feminist of the Day

Shirley Chisholm
Politician, Democratic presidential nomination candidate
"One distressing thing is the way men react to women who assert their equality: their ultimate weapon is to call them unfeminine. They think she is anti-male; they even whisper that she's probably a lesbian."

Shirley Chisholm was a Democratic State Legislator, then a Member of Congress, and ran in the 1972 Democratic Primary for President.

Despite this it seems possible that she might have been a feminist. As she opposed the Vietnam War, stood for full employment, and fought for the Equal Rights Amendment and legal abortion, I can't find any holes so far.

Conclusion: It seems unlikely that you could be a feminist and a member of Congress, but it may be possible.

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