50th Anniversary of Shirley Chisholm’s Election

Today is the 50th anniversary of Shirley Chisholm’s election to Congress as the first African American woman. Chisholm represented Brooklyn, New York in a district that was newly reapportioned and was majority African American and Hispanic. She served seven terms in Congress and ran for president. Shirley Chisholm was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1924 to two immigrant parents from Guyana and Barbados. Chisholm started her career as a nursery school teacher and earned a master’s degree in early childhood education from Columbia University in 1951. In 1960 she became a consultant to the New York City Division of Day Care and in 1964 she became the second African American to serve in the New York State Legislature. Four years later a new Congressional district was created in Brooklyn, inspiring Chisholm to run for Congress with the campaign slogan “Fighting Shirley”. In Congress she continued to fight for the issues that mattered most to her including racial and gender equality, education, and ending poverty. Chisholm introduced more than 50 pieces of legislation, was a co-founder of the National Women’s Political Caucus, and was the first black women to serve on the Rules Committee. In 1972 Shirley Chisholm was the first […]

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