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Shirley Chisholm 1924-2005

Seeing this photo made me cry a little.  Too few people remember “Fighting Shirley Chisholm–Unbought and Unbossed,” the fact that she co-founded NOW, had an all-female staff, ran for president, and was an early proponent of state aid to day-care centers.  With everyone in the Democratic party abandoning women in their flight to the center these days, she stands tall for her principles and her courage.  

What a loss.

“My greatest political asset, which professional politicians fear, is my mouth, out of which come all kinds of things one shouldn’t always discuss for reasons of political expediency.” — Shirley Chisholm

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Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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