They Brought Their Own Chair

Legislatively Speaking

By Senator, Lena C. Taylor

They Brought Their Own Chair

Lena C. Taylor

“If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” Judging by record-breaking voter turnout in Wisconsin recent partisan-primary, both voters and candidates got the memo. They’re not only bringing a chair, but they come well prepared to sit at the table with policy makers around the country.

By now many of you have heard different variations of that quote made famous by Shirley Chisholm. A legendary figure in the world of politics, Chisholm was a person of many firsts. In 1968, becoming the first African American woman elected to the US Congress, she talked about how difficult it was to get in the room. Often stating that sexism was more prevalent than racism in her treatment…

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