Avoice Celebrates Woman's History Month

March 2009 – CBC Women Leading the Way for the Environment

Twenty-seven African American women have served in Congress since Shirley Chisholm (D-NY) became the first black woman elected to Congress in 1968. These women have demonstrated great leadership in many diverse issues including health care, education, foreign affairs and the environment. In keeping with the National Women’s History Project’s theme for Women’s History Month 2009, Women Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet, Avoice is proud to commemorate the contributions of the women of the CBC to environmental legislation through our Environmental Justice Exhibit.

From Representative Chisholm’s early work on the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 to the involvement of current Representatives like Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Maxine Waters (D-CA), Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and many others in legislating equitable federal environmental quality standards and environmental justice education, the women of the CBC have and continue to be leaders in the environmental movement. Avoice congratulates them on their past achievements and encourages them to keep working to better our environment.

Visit the Avoice Environmental Justice Exhibit to learn more about the environmental advocacy work of CBC members.




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