Shirley Chisholm was a politician, educator, and author. In 1968, she became the first Black women elected to the US Congress as a representative for New York’s 12th District. She served for seven terms from 1969 to 1983. In 1972, she became the first Black American to in a major party to run for President of the United States. She was also the first woman to ever run for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. Her legacy recently came back into the spotlight in the 2008 election cycle when commentators remarked that she paved the way for both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to run for President due to her status as both Black and woman and the fact that no matter who one, it would have been/was a Presidential “first.”
“I want history to remember me not just as the first black woman to have made a bid for presidency of the United States, but as a black woman who lived in the 20th century and dared to be herself.” – Shirley Chisholm
May we day to be ourselves as women of the 21st century.