Congresswoman Lee Receives Black Women’s Health Imperative ‘Women Who Dare’ Award

November 20, 2013
Contact: Carrie Adams (202) 225-2661

Washington, DC—Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee delivered the following statement upon receiving the Black Women’s Health Imperative ‘Women Who Dare’ Award.
“Thank you so much to the Black Women’s Health Imperative for this tremendous honor. It is a great privilege to be among other recipients, such as Toni Morrison and my colleague Congresswoman Maxine Waters.

“I know that my mentor and friend – the first African American woman elected to Congress – our beloved, the Honorable Shirley Chisholm is smiling on us today. She was truly someone who was "unbought and unbossed" and a shining example of a woman who dared. As an organization dedicated to advocating for health equity policies and improving health care outcomes for Black women, the Imperative has been a long time friend and ally, and I applaud them on the tremendous progress that they have worked so diligently to achieve.

“From women’s choice to diabetes, from the defending the Affordable Care Act to defeating discrimination against pregnant women, The Black Women’s Health Imperative is doing incredible work that I am proud to partner alongside all of you.

“Thank you again for this tremendous honor.”


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Congresswoman Lee is a member of the Appropriations and Budget Committees, the Steering and Policy Committee, is a Senior Democratic Whip, as well as the Whip of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), where she serves as the Co-Chair of the CPC Peace and Security Task Force. She is the former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, and Congresswoman Lee serves as a representative from the United States to the 68th General Assembly of the United Nations, and is the first African American woman to hold this position.