FEmme History: Shirley Chisholm


Shirley Chisholm

Born in 1924, Shirley Chisholm was a lifelong activist, educator and dedicated civil servant.  In 1968 she became the first black Congresswoman United States. Her campaign slogan, "Unbought and Unbossed," demonstrated her bold, independent, and determined spirit. Serving seven terms, Chisholm blazed a trail for women and minorities in the world of politics. In 1969, Shirley Chisholm continued her devotion to social justice by becoming a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus. In 1971, Chisholm also became one of four founders of the National Women's Political Caucus. But Chisholm was only getting started. In 1972, she made history again when she became the first African-American woman to run for President of the United States. She championed Title IX, early childhood education, and racial equity.  Retiring from her political career after fifteen years in congress in 1983, Chisholm continued to fight for social justice. In 2004, a year before her death she said:


"I want history to remember me not just as the first black woman to be elected to Congress, not as the first black woman to have made a bid for the presidency of the United States, but as a black woman who lived in the 20th century and dared to be herself."