Cecilia Cruz Bamba


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Cecilia “Chilang” Cruz Bamba born Hagåtña, Guam November 14, 1934 (d. 1986). Pioneering Chamorro women’s leader and feminist. Elected as senator, 1978. After her parents were brutally killed in WWII, she succeeded in winning women’s support for reparation for war damage and postwar military land seizures.


I believe in the capability of women, the value of women in any endeavorI tend to lean on women more to bring them into working with me in whatever work I’m doing.” (Laura Marie Torres Souder-Jaffrey dissertation, “Chamorrro Female Experience”; photo Guampedia)