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Wynona Lipman Chair in Womenís Political Leadership at the Center for American Women and Politics
The Lipman Chair was created at the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University, to honor the legacy of the late state senator Wynona Lipman, the first African American woman in the New Jersey legislature. The Chair was established in 2000, when Governor Christine Todd Whitman signed legislation that had been sponsored by the legislative leaders in both parties and passed in both houses without opposition. The Chair is intended to celebrate Senator Lipman, remind people of her achievements, and encourage others to follow in the footsteps of this path-breaking African American woman leader.

Consistent with the Senatorís legacy, the CAWP uses the generous support provided by the state legislature to bring to campus an outstanding woman leader whose work reflects Senator Lipmanís interests and values. Previous Wynona Lipman Chair occupants have included: Former Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm; the Honorable Gertrude Fester; Former U. S. Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman; Professor Patricia Williams; Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun; Donna Brazile; Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton; Gwen Ifill; and Michelle Norris. Click here for more information about the Lipman Chair.