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STATE SENATOR

Marilyn Moore

Honesty & Integrity

Celebrating Women in History

Last Friday, I was joined by close friends and family of former Senator Margaret E. Morton to celebrate a woman whose dignity, spirituality, and character served for decades as a story of hope and inspiration to the Bridgeport community.

Senator Margaret Morton ran as the Connecticut Democratic Party's candidate for a vacant seat in the state House of Representatives in 1972. Beating her opponent by eight votes in the primary, her victory catapulted Morton into Connecticut history as the first African-American woman elected to the General Assembly and State Senate.

Womens History

She subsequently rose to the rank of Deputy President Pro Tempore, a leadership role she held until she retired from the General Assembly in 1992. During her tenure, Margaret Morton championed causes to help impoverished people in the state's urban areas. In the House, Morton chaired the Committee on Human Rights and Opportunities and rose to the rank of Assistant House Majority Leader.

Right now, I am only the third African-American woman to have ever served on our State Senate. I encourage all women of color, especially those in our community, to get involved in politics. Whether it's joining the local school board, city council, or running for a seat on the General Assembly, our voices matter and need to be heard!

Friday's event was also special because we recognized another remarkable woman in history on what would have been her 105th birthday by unveiling the new 2017 Black History U.S. Postal Stamp of Dorothy Irene Height.

Womens History

Dorothy Irene Height (Mar 24, 1912--Apr 20, 2010) was a social activist, civil rights activist, women's rights activist, American administrator and educator.

Specifically, she focused on the issues of African-American women, including unemployment, illiteracy, and voter awareness. Dr. Height was a tireless activist who dedicated her life to fighting for racial and gender equality.

I want to thank Bridgeport U.S. Postmaster Gary Thompson and the Morton family for partnering with me for this special ceremony.

As we approach the end of Women's History Month, may we all continue to empower, respect, and fight for women in our community.