Women's History Month: Shirley Chisholm, Lady Deborah Moody
March is Women's History Month and News 12 is celebrating by taking a look back at notable women in our borough.
In 2016, a circular terrace in Brower Park in Crown Heights was named for educator, social rights advocate and politician Shirley Chisholm. She is known as the first African-American woman elected to U.S. Congress and the first African-American to run for president for a major party.
"Tremendous amounts of talent are lost to our society just because that talent wears a skirt," Chisholm once said.
In Gravesend, Lady Moody Triangle - formed by Village Road North, Lake Street and Avenue J - was named by Lady Deborah Moody. According to the Department of Parks and Recreation, she settled in Brooklyn in 1639 and founded Gravesend - naming it after her home in England. Some of the roads she mapped out are still in use today.
She was a wealthy, Protestant widow who was the first woman to receive a land patent in the New World.