Author of Unbought and Unbossed and known as “Fighting Shirley, ” Shirley Chisholm was the first African American woman to be seated as a congresswoman in the year 1968. She was also the first woman and African American to contest for the highest office in the nation from one of the two major political parties in 1972. Chisholm retired after having served seven terms in the United States House of Representatives after proposing more than 50 pieces of legislation that advocated for racial and gender equality, socioeconomic equality, and putting an end to the Vietnam War. She once said, “I want to be remembered as a woman…who dared to be a catalyst of change.” This month we remember Shirley Chisholm as a true catalyst of change.
Michals, D. (n.d.). Shirley Chisholm. National Women’s History Museum. Retrieved February 15, 2022, from https://www.womenshistory.org/education-resources/biographies/shirley-chisholm