Shirley Chisholm – First Black Congresswoman

“If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.”

Before Barack Obama, and before Hillary Clinton, there was Shirley Chisholm.

She served in the New York State Assembly, then made history in 1968 by being elected the first black woman elected to the US Congress. 

Shirley championed a bill to ensure domestic workers got benefits, advocated for better access to education, fought for immigrant rights, and more. 

She also worked tirelessly to expand government funded food programs which built the foundation for WIC. 

Shirley ran for president under the Democratic ticket in 1972. Her slogan, “Unbought and unbossed.”

She survived several assination attempts during her campaign and sued for the right to debate on television. She made it all the way to the Democratic National Convention but lost the nomination to George McGovern. 

Learn more here.

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