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The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Press Release

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Assistant Professor Dr. Zinga A. Fraser Receives A Prestigious AAUW Award Named a 2017-2018 Postdoctoral Fellow Awarded from one of the world’s oldest fellowship programs for women

AF-2017-18_Fraser_ZingaWASHINGTON — The American Association of University Women (AAUW) awarded a 2017–18 AAUW American Fellowship to Dr. Zinga Fraser. She is an Assistant Professor in Africana Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies at Brooklyn College.

American Fellowships, AAUW’s largest funding program, date back to 1888, making them one of the oldest and most prestigious fellowship programs in the world exclusively for women. AAUW American Fellowships support women scholars who are completing doctoral dissertations, conducting postdoctoral research, or finishing research for publication.

“As an AAUW American Fellow I will be researching and working on my book manuscript entitled, Sister Insider/ Sister Outsider: Shirley Chisholm and Barbara Jordan, Black Women’s Politics in the Post Civil Rights Era.” Fraser said. “I am honored to receive this prestigious fellowship that will allow me to complete this most important and timely work on Black women’s politics. This work hopes to transform not only how we understand the political lives of Congresswomen Shirley Chisholm and Barbara Jordan but also understand the ways in which Black women help us reimagine democracy in the U.S. ” she continued. This book will be the first comparative study of Black Congressional women.

Dr. Fraser is the Director of the Shirley Chisholm Project on Brooklyn Women’s Activism at Brooklyn College. Professor Fraser‘s work focuses on African American and Women’s Politics, Black Women’s History, U.S. social movements and Race and inequality. She has published works in Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, the Association of Black Women’s Historians and Phillis: A Journal of African American Women’s History. As a former Congressional staffer on Capitol Hill her work engages the efforts by Black political leadership and African American communities to address institutional inequalities within public policy. Prof. Fraser received her B.A. from Temple University; M.A. from Columbia University; and Ph.D. in African American Studies from Northwestern University.

“AAUW American Fellows go on to do great things. Several have served as college or university presidents. Others have blazed new trails. I’m just in awe of them,” said Gloria Blackwell, AAUW vice president of fellowships, grants, and global programs. “AAUW is proud to award these prestigious fellowships to our newest class of scholars.”

For the 2017–18 academic year AAUW awarded a total of $3.7 million through six fellowships and grants programs to 250 scholars, research projects, and programs promoting education and equity for women and girls. AAUW is one of the world’s leading supporters of graduate women’s education, having awarded more than $100 million in fellowships, grants, and awards to 12,000 women from more than 140 countries since 1888.

Read AAUW’s announcement about this year’s awards. To find out more about this year’s exceptional class of awardees, visit the online directory. To reach an award recipient, call 202.728.7602 or email fellowships@aauw.org. ###

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) empowers women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Our nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has more than 170,000 members and supporters across the United States, as well as 1,000 local branches and more than 800 college and university members. Since AAUW’s founding in 1881, our members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political. Learn more atand join us at www.aauw.org.


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Watch Zinga A. Fraser, PhD on CSPAN

Female Political Trailblazers from New York Panelists talked about three female political trailblazers from New York: former Representatives Shirley Chisholm (D-NY), the first African American woman elected to the United States Congress; Bella Abzug (D-NY), the second Jewish woman elected to Congress; and Geraldine Ferraro (D-NY), the first woman from a major party to run for vice president. The panelists spoke about the hurdles these women encountered in their political careers and compared those to what Hillary Clinton faced in the 2016 presidential campaign. NOVEMBER 9, 2016
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Positively Black: The Shirley Chisholm Project on WNBC 11/20/16

Positively Black: The Shirley Chisholm Project on WNBC 11/20/16

Tracie Strahan sits down with Zinga A. Fraser, PhD the director of the Shirley Chisholm Project at Brooklyn College, to discuss Chisholm’s legacy and how the project honors her. You can go to www.chisholmproject.com for more information.


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Watch Zinga A. Fraser, PhD on BBC World News Africa

Watch Zinga A. Fraser, PhD, Director of The Shirley Chisholm Project: Brooklyn Women’s Activism from 1945 to the Present at City University of New York, Brooklyn College on BBC World News Africa


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Dr. Zinga Fraser At Brooklyn Historical Society: “Women in Politics: Brooklyn & Beyond” 11/8/16

Professional Development

Professional Learning with Brooklyn Historical Society

Our professional development workshops for teachers at BHS and BLDG 92 provide teachers with a forum in which to engage with new scholarship in history, sustainable design, race and identity and related fields; practice pedagogical approaches in collaboration with colleagues; and learn about museum-based school programs and curricula.

Election Day Professional Learning Workshopszinga-fraser-2016-07-18

At Brooklyn Historical Society: “Women in Politics: Brooklyn & Beyond”
November 8, 2016, 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Register Here, $25
With In Pursuit of Freedom digital curriculum and Dr. Zinga Fraser, director of the Shirley Chisholm Project.

On this historic Election Day, we will explore the role of women in politics in Brooklyn and beyond, and provide resources for bringing this important history into your classroom. We’ll consider political involvement broadly, from Shirley Chisholm’s congressional service and presidential campaign to Mary White Ovington and the NAACP to Maritcha Lyons’ influence in 19th century education for students of color. We’ll also mine BHS’s archives for opportunities to find women’s political contributions in primary sources that will broaden your students’ concept of American history.

The workshop is open to all NYC teachers, with primary source material best suited to grades 4 and up.

Fee includes breakfast & lunch.

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11/9/16 Tenement Museum – The Women Who Made New York with Zinga Fraser, PhD

NOVEMBER 9, 2016


eventHillary Clinton’s historic run for the presidency of the United States offers an excellent opportunity to celebrate the women politicians who helped pave the way. Join Julie Scelfo, author of The Women Who Made New York, as she discusses three political trailblazers: Shirley Chisholm, the first African American woman in the US Congress, Bella Abzug, the second Jewish woman elected to Congress, and Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman from a major party to run for vice president. Liz Abzug, Bella’s daughter, Donna Zaccaro, Geraldine’s daughter, and Zinga Fraser, PhD, the Director of the Shirley Chisholm Project will join the conversation.

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Zinga Fraser, PhD, Director of the Shirley Chisholm Project

Seating is first-come, first-served. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Books will be for sale with a 15% discount. If you have any questions, contact Laura Lee at llee@tenement.org or (646) 518-3032.

November 9, 2016
6:30-8:00 PM
Tenement Museum
103 Orchard Street, New York NY 10002
Contact Phone: (646) 518-3032
Contact Email: LLee@tenement.org
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Brooklyn Historical Society Podcast Histories and Ideas: Interview with Zinga Fraser, PhD about Shirley Chisholm

02:43 – Histories and Ideas: Interview with Zinga Fraser about Shirley Chisholm

Segment 1: Histories and Ideas

After speaking with Zinga Fraser, PhD about Shirley Chisholm, we declared the interview nothing short of brilliant. We know you’ll think so too.

Zaheer, Zinga, and Julie

Zinga is Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at Brooklyn College and directs the Shirley Chisholm Project of Brooklyn Women’s Activism.

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The Legacy of Shirley Chisholm ’46, Empowering Women and Marginalized Communities, Endures, Says Professor Zinga Fraser — NY1

Brooklyn College Students Study Shirley Chisholm’s ’72 Run for President

By Jeanine Ramirez
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 01:13 AM EDT

Brooklyn College Students Study Shirley Chisholm’s ’72 Run for President
By Jeanine Ramirez
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 01:13 AM EDT
03/16/2016 01:00 PM

Brooklyn College is marking a milestone with its women’s studies program. As we continue our coverage of Women’s History Month, we head to the Brooklyn campus for a look at feminism in 2016 and its role in politics.

It was more than four decades ago, but Shirley Chisholm’s historic bid for president in 1972 still resonates on the campus of the college where she’s a celebrated alumnus.

“It’s important that our students are connected to her legacy,” said Director of the college’s Shirley Chisholm Project, Zinga Fraser.

Chisholm was the first Black woman elected to Congress in 1968 and the first to launch a serious bid for president. Fraser says part of the teachings here is how Chisholm created a coalition of marginalized communities as part of her campaign.

“We’ve got to have persons who have the courage to really tell it like it really is,” Chisholm said.

This year students in the Women’s and Gender Studies program, now marking its 40th year, are looking at Chisholm’s 1972 campaign and what it means for a woman to be president. With that, Hillary Clinton becomes the subject of discussion.

“I feel like in political discussion everyone want the first woman president and never discusses what her terms are what she has planned and I think there’s a difference between voting for someone because they’re a woman and voting for someone because they’re right,” said student Bryanna Ajodha.

“I don’t think Hillary Clinton being a woman automatically makes her great for women,” said student Brian Cordero. “Not that she’s objectively bad for them but I don’t like to see that correlation being made.”

Fraser says the feminist movement from the 1960s has evolved beyond symbolism, yet women in politics still endure unique hurdles.

“Feminists, at least in my class, are very nuanced,” Fraser said. “They can understand the sexism and misogyny that Hillary Clinton in many ways has to endure because she’s a woman but still are connected to progressive politics.”

That’s why Chisholm’s political influence endures. The Brooklyn trailblazer will continue to be part of the curriculum here as political cycles come and go.

The women’s and gender studies program will have its 40th anniversary celebration March 31.

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Legacy of Trailblazer Shirley Chisholm ’46 Highlighted at Annual Speaker Series

Nov. 16, 2015

Shirley Chisholm ’46 (center) announced her groundbreaking presidential candidacy, supported by celebrities like actor Ossie Davis (right).

“What would it mean if President Obama or Hillary Clinton evoked Shirley Chisholm’s name?” asks Zinga A. Fraser Ph.D., the new director of the Shirley Chisholm Project on Brooklyn Women’s Activism, “because, in many ways, she not only paves the way for them, she provides a trajectory and strategy on how to create political coalitions that cross boundaries.”

Fraser, a former endowed post-doctoral fellow in women’s and gender studies and recipient of the American Political Science Association‘s 2014 Byran Jackson Dissertation Research on Minority Politics Award, has organized this year’s Shirley Chisholm Day talk, held on Nov. 17 in the Penthouse of the Brooklyn College Student Center. The keynote address will be delivered by Robin Kelley, the Gary B. Nash Professor of American History at the University of California-Los Angeles. The annual event celebrates the legacy of Shirley Chisholm ’46, who became the first major-party black candidate for president of the United States and the first woman to run for the Democratic presidential nomination.

“She provides what Professor Kelley identifies as ‘the freedom dream’—that is, how we can reimagine and understand freedom, despite the outcome,” adds Fraser.

Chisholm’s memoir Unbought and Unbossed details her grassroots, community-building efforts among a wide variety of constituencies, including blacks, whites, Latinos, lower-income and middle-class families, women across demographics, and the LGBT community. Her work with the last group, Fraser says, was ahead of its time and often overlooked by scholars. It also illustrates how difficult forging these alliances can be, even in a place like Brooklyn, which, according to Fraser, has one of the highest numbers of black women elected to public office in the country.

Chief among her responsibilities, Zinga A. Fraser, Ph.D., the new director of the Brooklyn College Shirley Chisholm Project on Brooklyn Women’s Activism, is looking forward to promoting Chisholm’s continued importance to Brooklyn and beyond.


“Chisholm also tells us a great deal about the possibility and importance of learning from political failures,” says Fraser. “As much as her story is about the aspirational, groundbreaking work that she did, it’s also about the constraints in coalition building. In the end, it wasn’t her ability to connect these groups, but the inability of these groups to work together for a common cause. But even in her failure to get various coalitions to work collectively, she provides us with some of the playbook that would later be utilized by our current president.”

This semester is Fraser’s first as director of the Shirley Chisholm Project on Brooklyn Women’s Activism, whose archive, housed at the Brooklyn College Library, is the world’s largest for Chisholm-related artifacts. Fraser took over the role from Barbara Winslow and is very excited about the efforts to raise Chisholm’s profile as a central and influential figure in the contemporary political landscape.

“The goal is to connect Chisholm’s legacy to present-day conversations around race, gender, politics and social and economic inequality. Moreover, I hope to place Chisholm and her legacy in context with current issues that impact the Brooklyn communities she supported,” says Fraser. “That is why we have had a wide array of speakers both national and local. So part of her legacy is the political empowerment of marginalized communities, as well as providing a model for political accountability. She advocated for those considered invisible by politicians and the media.”

Fraser is currently writing a book that is a comparative study of Shirley Chisholm and Barbara Jordan, as well as other black women political figures, in the context of examining their political genius, the different strategies they used to affect change, and how they negotiated the intersections of racism, misogyny, and sexism. Fraser also hopes to raise awareness and funds to accomplish things like bolstering the archive, creating paid internships that will allow students to work on Chisholm-related projects and conferences and perhaps even financing scholarships in Chisholm’s name.

To learn more about Shirley Chisholm and the work of the Shirley Chisholm Project on Brooklyn Women’s Activism, please visit the project’s website. See the Brooklyn College calendar for details about the Shirley Chisholm Day event.

Source: Brooklyn College

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