“You men say a woman’s place is in the house. I agree – our place is in the state house, the House of Representatives and the White House” – Gwen Cherry, April 2, 1971
Attorney, Educator, State Legislator. Founder of the National Association of Black Women Attorneys. First African-American woman to serve as a state legislator in Florida. Chaired the state’s committee for International Women’s Yearin 1978. Chaired the Minority Affairs Committee for the Democratic National Convention and the National Women’s Political Caucus in 1972 while serving as legal counsel for the National Organization for Women(NOW)’s Miami chapter. Founding member of the NWPC in Washington, D.C. (July 1971), and of the first NWPC chapter in Miami (September 1971).
Photo 1. Speaking at an event on behalf of the Economic Opportunity Program, 1969. Photo 2. With Shirley Chisholm at the Democratic National Convention – Miami Beach, FL, 1972. Photo 3. Marching for the Equal Rights Amendment in Florida, 1975.