Five Minutes with Eleanor Holmes Norton
April 01, 2010
As reported by Pema Levy on CampusProgress.org:
"Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton is a force of nature. In her youth she was an organizer for the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee during the civil rights movement. She received her undergraduate degree from Antioch College, a master's from Yale University, and a law degree from Yale Law School. She served as a lawyer on the infamous 1970 Newsweek sex discrimination case, and President Jimmy Carter appointed Norton to be the first woman to chair the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. There she worked to advance the status of women in the workplace. Since 1991, she’s served in the U.S. House of Representatives for Washington, D.C., fighting tirelessly for, among other things, D.C. voting rights in Congress.
"A longtime supporter of LGBT rights who worked hard to finally bring the freedom to marry to the district, Norton recently spoke at a Campus Progress-sponsored event at Howard University entitled Legalized Gay: A Dialogue on Race, Faith, and Marriage Equality. Norton stressed the importance of young people in the fight for LGBT rights and the need for people of color to use their experiences to empathize with other oppressed people."
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