Today’s Black History highlight goes to a woman who has paved the ways for others and was the first of many titles. You had a little hint with the title… Any guesses who she might be?
If you guessed Shirley Chisholm you are correct! Today’s post is honoring her legacy and boldness.
Chisolm does not get the praise she often deserves. When I mention her people often look at me a little confused; they don’t know who the Shirley Chisholm is. However, once I tell them of her accomplishments. They nod impressed and kind of surprised.
Let’s get to it!
In 1968 Chisholm became the first African-American woman to be elected into Congress. She represented her home district from New York. While in Congress Chisholm earned the nick-name “Fighting Shirley”.
Chisolm introduced more than 50 pieces of legislation. And get this! The National Women’s Political Caucus was co-founded by Chisholm in 1971. She was also one of the founding members of the Congressional Black Caucus. Then she became the first black woman and second woman ever (!!) to serve on the House Rules Committee in 1977.
Shirley was an advocate for ending the Vietnam War, equality for gender and race, and for the poor.
In 1972 Shirley Chisholm became the first woman and first Black person to run for Presidential Office!
Her campaign slogan “Unbought and Unbossed” symbolized her will to fight for equality… I also think it symbolizes who she was a woman and politician.
How will you be Unbought & Unbossed?!?! ✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽✊🏼✊🏻✊