Shirley Chisholm (1924–2005) broke political barriers when she became the first black congresswoman in 1968. This pioneering African-American didn’t stop there, she continued to break barriers when she ran for president four years later. Making Chisolm the first black candidate and the first woman to run for president for a major party.
Chisholm was an outspoken advocate for women and minorities, her motto was, “Unbossed and Unbought.” she served seven terms in the House of Representatives. While in office she introduced more than 50 pieces of legislation. She championed racial and gender equality, ending the Vietnam War and greater employment opportunity’s for the poor.
Chisholm was one of the founding members of the Congressional Black Caucus in 1969. She was a co-founder of the National Women’s Political Caucus in 1971. Then, in 1977 Chisholm became the first black woman and second woman ever to serve on the House Rules Committee.
Chisholm became the first African-American woman to make a bid for President of the United States in 1972 when she ran for the Democratic Party nomination. Chisholm retired from Congress in 1983.
“If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.”
― Shirley Chisholm