Shirley Chisholm

Shirley Chisholm ✯ ✯ ✯  Catalyst for Change  ✯ ✯ ✯

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Shirley Chisholm is best known for becoming the first Black congresswoman in 1968, where she represented New York State for seven terms. In 1972, she made history by becoming the first woman, and the first African American, to run for the Democratic nomination for the presidency. Throughout her political career, Chisholm fought for education opportunities and social justice. Her legacy left an immeasurable impact on those who drew inspiration from her life and career. Find out more about her life below.

Shirley Chisholm: A Groundbreaking Legacy

In 1968 Shirley Chisholm became the first Black woman elected to Congress, and in 1972 she was the first Black major party candidate to run for president. But beyond being a first, who was Shirley Chisholm? And how does her legacy impact us all today?