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UnBought and UnBossed is a tribute to the spirit and determination of late Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, who was the first African American woman in Congress (1968) and the first woman and African American to seek the nomination for President of the United States from one of the two major political parties (1972). Chisholm declared herself to be a representative of all people and committed to serving as a leader who would remain “unbought and unbossed.

Our annual signature event celebrates the women in our community and the girls we serve through our SHE, She Can, She Will program. The teen girls participate in this after-school program to learn more about women who have made an impact throughout history in their communities. These women become mentors to our girls, building the mentor/mentee relationship beyond the program. During this event, the mentees present their understanding of past, present, and future generations of female leadership by honoring their mentors. Through this program, our girls develop their interviewing, research, writing, and presentation skills. 

UnBought & UnBossed is a time to recognize women for what they have done for the girls whom they have mentored, the community, and their families. Enjoy reading through the list of amazing women Girls Inc. of Chattanooga has honored since 2005.


Rep. Tommie Brown

Elizabeth Dixson

Natalie Elder

Rep. Joanne Favors

Louise Hammonds

Elaine Hill

Dr. Willie Mae Hubbard

Mai Bell Hurley

Marisol Jimenez

Ann Law

Anne McGintis

Pastor Sheryl Randolph

Judith Schorr

Dr. Jacqueline Shaw

Dr. Elaine Swafford

Dr. Mary Tanner

Ann Wadley


Judge Suzanne Bailey

Dr. Charlotte Boatwright

Dixie Brackett

Ruth Brinkley

Gwen Charles

Dr. Linda Fletcher

Mirtha Jones & Friends

Rev. Kuulei Green

Ardena Garth-Hicks

Peggie Kilpatrick

Daisy Madison

Debra Matthews

Ladell McCullough

Gwen Scott

Dorthy Stephen

Juanita Ulmer


Anna Van Cura

Sherrie Gilchrist

Vicky Gregg

Heidi Hefferlin

Sheila Jennings

Sharon Kelly

Tekelia Kelly

Kelly Liles

Chattanooga Locomotion

Melissa Miller

Benita Owens

Selma Paty

Sonia Sasse

Rebecca Smith

Judge Rebecca Stern

Dr. Minnie Vance


Dr. Carol Berz

Rae Bond

Ann Coulter

Marcia Eason

Beverly Inman-Ebel

Carolyn Jones

Deborah Levine

Mattie Moran

Rickie Pierce

Ola Phipps

Dr. Kaye Sheridan


Tonya Kennedy Cammon

Carolyn R. Chapman

Dr. Arlene Donowitz

Voula Fairbanks

Teresa V. Kellum

Beverly McKeldin

Gloria Pogue

Lynn Rodgers

Marty L. Bryant/Stanley

Kathi Grant Willis


​Sandy Cole

Cindy Cornette

Robin Derryberry

Valerie Gillespie

Dr. Joyce Hardaway

Dr. Jean Howard-Hill

Ruth Holmberg

Mabel Scruggs

Suzanne Smartt

Diceree Wheeler

Catherine Bolden


Marie Daly

Anita Ebersole

Donna Kelley

Kathleen Lane

Karen McReynolds

Sonya Kay Nelson

Dana Perry

Anjelika Riano

Uneva Shaw

Sandy Smith


Allison Cardwell

Beverly Johnson

Charline Kilpatrick

Louisa Mesich

Dr. Valerie Radu

Dr. Maricela Rodriguez

Lori Street Runge

Clare Sawyer

Lauren Templeton

Peggy Thomas

Carolyn Thompson


Sheila Boyington

Sheri A. Fox

Gloria J. Griffith

Pam Ladd

Jill Levine

Carol K. O'Neal

Molly Sasse

Stacy Talwar

Sue Anne Wells


Dr. Stephanie Bellar

Lacey Furr

Jenise Gordon

Donna McConnico

Diane Parks

Gladys Pineda-Loher

Kathy Purnell

Dr. Christine Benz Smith

Barbara Allison-Standefer

Judge L. Marie Williams


Darlene Boyd

Jo Coke

Amanda Dunn

Dorothy Grisham

Dr. Everlena Holmes

Stacy Lightfoot

Kelly McCarthy

Dr. Molly Seal, MD, PC

Christie Sell

Amy Walker


Dr. Neslihan Alp

Monique Berke

Sharon Braden

Jessie Fincher

Carol George

Lynne Mulligan

Mukta Panda

Nancy Ridge

Mical Traynor


Sheila Albritton

Paige Evatt

Rafielle Freeman

Tenesha Irvin

Janice Neal

Dr. Marcia Noe

Nicole Osborne

Mrs. Christy Rashed

Ronelle Sellers


Karen Officer-Bell

Kisha Caldwell

Dr. Martina Harris

Mrs. Tyler Jeffrey

Dionne Jennings

Eva Jo (Saddler) Johnson

Henrietta Morris

Emily O'Donnell


Bea Lurie

Cindy Wilson

Donna “Elle” Harrison

Helen Pregulman

Kayla Verner-Dingle

Nicci Brewer

Rachel Maria Kelly

Rachel Schulson


Dr. Shevonda Sherrow

Lynda Minks Hood

Rebecca Styles

Victoria Overholser

Sarah Broadnax

Kim Strong

Dr. Edna Varner

Melinda Bone


Chattanooga Room In The Inn

The Women’s Fund of Greater Chattanooga

Willowbend Farms


Jaleesa Brumfield

Tracey Smith

Alexis Eaton

Janie Parks Varnell

Dolliethea Sandridge

Aubrey LaRue

Dorothy "Dot" Stephens 


Donna Christian-Lowe

Tequilla Hurt

Dr. Kia Ruffin

Lori Stenger

Teal Thibaud

Dr. Angelnetta McGee Ulmer

Darin Wright

Dr. Sue Anne Wells 

Dr. Elaine Swafford 


Dr. Sarah Lane

Candy Johnson

Alison Lebovitz

Lawanda Hayes

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