Shirley Chisholm


Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm (November 30, 1924 – January 1, 2005) was a African-American politician, educator, and author.[1] She was a Congresswoman, representing New York’s 12th Congressional District for seven terms from 1969 to 1983. In 1968, she became the first black woman elected to Congress.[2] On January 25, 1972, she became the first major-party black candidate for President of the United States and the first woman to run for the Democratic presidential nomination (Margaret Chase Smith had previously run for the Republican presidential nomination).[2] She received 152 first-ballot votes at the 1972 Democratic National Convention.



At present, our country needs women’s idealism and determination, perhaps more in politics than anywhere else.

It is not heroin or cocaine that makes one an addict, it is the need to escape from a harsh reality. There are more television addicts, more baseball and football addicts, more movie addicts, and certainly more alcohol addicts in this country than there are narcotics addicts.

Service is the rent that you pay for room on this earth.

The liberals in the House strongly resemble liberals I have known through the last two decades in the civil rights conflict. When it comes time to show on which side they will be counted, they excuse themselves.

The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says: It’s a girl.

I don’t measure America by its achievement but by its potential.

You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.


Unbought and Unbossed by Shirley Chisholm

The Good Fight by Shirley Chisholm

Chisholm ’72 – Unbought & Unbossed (2003)-DVD
Starring: Shirley Chisholm, Walter Cronkite Director: Shola Lynch

Shirley Chisholm, Congresswoman by Garnet Jackson (Author), Thomas Hudson (Illustrator)

African American Women in Congress: Forming and Transforming History by Laverne McCain Gill

Shirley Chisholm: A Biography by Susan Brownmiller

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