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    Quote Originally Posted by Minotaur View Post
    Women who break glass ceilings are always attacked. It is part of the reality. It is more often than not brutal.
    Chisolm tripped every wire. What the public saw, as to the rhetoric against her, was stunning, at least to my ear.

    She really was hated, and in ways MLK never was.

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    “Feminists were split over her candidacy,” recalls Gottlieb. “Gloria Steinem, who you would expect to have supported her, supported McGovern instead. That was significant and it hurt on a personal level quite a bit. . . .you can’t look at 1972 through the same magnifying glass as 2016. Having a woman run for President was like having somebody from Mars run for President. And you then have a black woman running for president and everybody, all interest groups, were grappling with ‘how do you deal with such a changed landscape?’ People were not comfortable with having a black woman. And she often said, between being black and being a woman, the biggest problem was being a woman.”

    Black women tended to support her, but sexism was so prevalent at the time that she was discriminated against within the brand-new Black Congressional Caucus.

    “They certainly were a cohesive group within Congress,” Gottlieb says. “But I recall hearing about a great deal of tension between certain male members and Mrs. Chisholm. There clearly was within the black caucus a significant degree of sexism that she felt.”

    Black male voters did not rally around Shirley Chisholm. Her candidacy came at a time when black political leaders were unsure about how to exercise power during the upcoming election. There was no obvious choice of a black candidate who seemed to have a real chance of winning.

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    When Shirley Chisholm Ran for President, Few Would Say: "I'm With Her" | At the Smithsonian | Smithsonian
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    Quote Originally Posted by Minotaur View Post
    Look up Victoria Woodhull. She is a less known figure in US politics.
    Hell, for that matter, Gertrude Bell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PACE View Post
    Hell, for that matter, Gertrude Bell.
    I have a problem believing any politically aware woman between the ages of 50 and 80 who was living in the US in this era would have "forgot" Chisholm..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Panzareta View Post
    I have a problem believing any politically aware woman between the ages of 50 and 80 who was living in the US in this era would have "forgot" Chisholm..
    Not every American is female, or over 50.

    Kindly join this convo or piss off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    Not every American is female, or over 50.

    Kindly join this convo or piss off.
    Never said they were. But you said WE which includes YOU. Or is English not your primary language? Remember that you don't own the thread, comrade. Plus it seems to have died.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Panzareta View Post
    Never said they were. But you said WE which includes YOU. Or is English not your primary language? Remember that you don't own the thread, comrade. Plus it seems to have died.
    Reported.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Minotaur View Post
    Women who break glass ceilings are always attacked. It is part of the reality. It is more often than not brutal.
    The raw physical courage of this era feminist is just astonishing, not to mention, they risked personal and professional banishment.

    And usually for more than just women's rights. They all have said, correctly, that all struggles to end oppression are connected.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpicturetaker12 View Post
    My FIRST vote. She came to my college, I didn't like McGovern or Muskie and she impressed me. I remember voting in the primary, knowing full well I was 'throwing my vote away'.
    No, you weren't. Voting for her as a powerful act.

    You're a good egg, sir.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PACE View Post
    Hell, for that matter, Gertrude Bell.
    I'll look her up but I have to say the wild and liberated Ms Victoria Woodhull rocks my world. How did she get so liberated in the 1800's?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Minotaur View Post
    I'll look her up but I have to say the wild and liberated Ms Victoria Woodhull rocks my world. How did she get so liberated in the 1800's?
    There are others like her. Not sure how they found the wisdom, or the guts.

    Virginia Wolf, for one.
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