More Memories from Ruth Ann Kurose
Shirley Bridge was a natural bridge builder because her concerns were truly to make this world a better place for all of us. She was a champion for minority and women's rights, supported human services and worked for equal opportunities for all. She was among those women who pioneered and led us through enormous transitions. She thought and dreamed big in her modest way, then acted with one foot in front of the other.
"What do we have to do? Who do we have to contact today? What next?"
Shirley's way was to get right in there and do what it takes to get the job done.
Her lifetime efforts changed the lives of women, making and remaking the female script. Shirley was a zealous, passionate and indefatigable supporter of women's and health issues. She battled and survived five primary cancers and many related health challenges over the years. Her selfless nature led her to deflect her pain by focusing on her concern for others. For all of my adult life, Shirley has been a mentor and a role model for me.