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Rendering of "Our Destiny, Our Democracy," the planned monument to Shirley Chisholm by  Amanda Williams and Olalekan Jeyifous (Courtesy of the artists, via BK Reader)

Monument to Honor Chisholm Selected

Culture, History, Politics, Women May 14, 2019 at 4:24 pm

The artists say their design for the monument to Rep. Shirley Chisholm “celebrates [her] legacy as a civil servant who ‘left the door open’ to make room for others to follow in her path toward equity.” BK Reader reports on the selection and its attributes.

View of Chinatown from 1925 (Photo from the Robert Dennis Collection of Stereoscopic Views at the NYPL)

‘Deviant Female Dining’ in Chinese Restaurants

East Asian, Food, Manhattan, Women April 5, 2019 at 3:43 pm

At a New-York Historical Society event, Professor Heather Lee described how Chinese restaurants once “provided a space of freedom and possibility for women” in New York, writes West Side Spirit.

Sharmila Shakya (Photo via)

From Nepal to New York: A Teaching Journey

Labor, New York, South Asian, Women April 4, 2019 at 3:35 pm

Sharmila Shakya, who teaches at colleges across NYC, is one of only a few Nepalese in the field in New York, writes Nepalaya News.

Cordelia Henkis, a resident of one of WIN’s shelters in Brooklyn. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Employed but Homeless: The New Face of NYC’s Housing Crisis

Housing, New York, Women March 27, 2019 at 4:57 pm

According to a shelter organization, entire families who seek refuge in spite of having a working adult – often immigrant mothers – who cannot afford to pay rent are the new face of homelessness in New York, El Diario La Prensa reports.

The Human Trafficking Seminar will help explain services available to victims and educate the community about what to look out for. (Photo courtesy of Council member Peter Koo's office.)

Informing Flushing Residents about Human Trafficking

Asian, East Asian, Women March 20, 2019 at 5:18 pm

QNS reports that a seminar on human trafficking at the Flushing Library is planned for March 29.

Farah Louis, a candidate for the 45th District City Council, the office she served as deputy the chief of staff under Jumaane Williams. (Photo by Tsubasa Berg via Kings County Politics)

Farah Louis Looks to Succeed Jumaane Williams

Caribbean, Politics, Women March 14, 2019 at 6:19 pm

Kings County Politics hears from Farah Louis, who worked as Jumaane Williams’ deputy chief of staff and now hopes to succeed him in the City Council seat for the 45th district.

Hydra Mendoza, NYC DOE’s Deputy Chancellor for Community Empowerment, Partnerships and Communications (Photo by Momar G. Visaya via Asian Journal)

The Pinay DOE Deputy Chancellor With the Greek-Spanish Name

South Asian, Women March 14, 2019 at 5:36 pm

Hydra Mendoza, of the Department of Education, made her “introduction to the Filipino-American community” at a Filipina Women’s Network event at the Philippine Center, reports Asian Journal.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Kerry Washington (far left) met with Bronx schoolchildren. (Photo by Joseph Martin/Keyz 2 Life Media via The Bronx Free Press)

Justice Sotomayor Inspires Bronx Children

Bronx, Puerto Rican, Women February 1, 2019 at 4:44 pm

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor met with elementary school students at Hostos Community College where she presented her children’s book, reports The Bronx Free Press.

Dr. Oxiris Barbot in her Long Island City offices. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

First Latina Health Commissioner is Only Getting Started

Health, Latino, New York, Women January 15, 2019 at 4:55 pm

In a wide-ranging interview with El Diario La Prensa, newly-appointed Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot talks about expanding services for Hispanics, fighting the HIV and opioid epidemics, and her domino-playing skills.

Sadaf Jaffer sworn in as the mayor of Montgomery, NJ, on Jan. 3 by Attorney General Gurbir Grewal. (Photo via Twitter)

NJ’s First South Asian-American Woman Mayor on Representation

Elections 2018, Metro Area, South Asian, Women January 11, 2019 at 5:43 pm

Sadaf Jaffer, the first South Asian-American woman mayor in New Jersey, speaks to The American Bazaar about representation, immigration and her Pakistani roots.

(Photo by Andrei Averbuch, courtesy of Flor de Toloache, via El Diario)

For All-Female Mariachi Band Flor de Toloache, Breaking Rules Paid Off

Culture, Dominican, Latino, Mexican, New York, Puerto Rican, Women January 4, 2019 at 3:09 pm

Members of the New York mariachi band Flor de Toloache, in concert this Saturday at the Highline Ballroom, talk to El Diario La Prensa about their upcoming album and the criticism they have faced from the mariachi community for being all-female and not exclusively from Mexico.

Cuban immigrant Román Valdés said that he has had housing assistance coupons since 2016 but no one takes them. (Photo via El Diario)

What the Latino Community Wishes for 2019

From immigration to driver’s licenses, education, civil rights, housing, and subway issues, Hispanic New Yorkers express their wishes for 2019 to El Diario La Prensa.

Rep. Nydia Velazquez, center, joins Virginia Kee to her left and Deacon Robert Gee and Rev. Bayer Lee, both of the First Chinese Baptist Church, on the far right, and other community leaders in honoring Mabel Lee. (Photo via Sing Tao Daily)

Chinatown Post Office Named for Mabel Lee

East Asian, History, Women December 7, 2018 at 3:30 pm

Rep. Nydia Velazquez joined Chinatown residents and leaders at the dedication ceremony of what is now the Mabel Lee Memorial Post Office, renamed in honor of the suffragette and local icon, reports Sing Tao Daily.

Anna Kaplan (Photo via annafornysenate.com)

‘From Tabriz to Albany’ – LI’s New State Senator

Government, Long Island, Women December 5, 2018 at 4:56 pm

Born Anna Monahemi in Iran, Democrat Anna Kaplan will represent Long Island’s 7th district in the NYS Senate, Tablet reports.

Chirlane McCray proudly announced statute site for Shirley Chisholm with many supporters. (Photo by Todd Maisel via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Shirley Chisholm Statue to Be Erected in Brooklyn

African American, Brooklyn, History, Women November 30, 2018 at 4:40 pm

Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American woman elected to Congress, will have a monument in her honor at the entrance of Prospect Park, reports Brooklyn Daily Eagle.