was an American politician, educator, and author. In 1968, she became the first black woman elected to the United States Congress, and she represented New York’s 12th Congressional District for seven terms from 1969 to 1983. In 1972, she became the first black candidate for a major party’s nomination for President of the United States, and the first woman to run for the Democratic Party‘s presidential nomination. In 2015, Chisholm was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. […] worked to expand the food stamp program. She later played a critical role in the creation of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. […]
Chisholm’s speech “For the Equal Rights Amendment“, given in 1970, is listed as #91 in American Rhetoric’s Top 100 Speeches of the 20th Century (listed by rank).
She did so much, so reading what the Wikipedia page alone covers is astonishing. She’s also connected witha worldwide legacy with her support for students working in the native languages, support for immigrants, family connections with parents from Barbados and Guyana, and so much more making her life and legacy worldwide, for us all. Thank you to all of the work by Shirley Chisholm in support of humanity, and to all in the ongoing work to support all of us!
A few quotes from Chisholm, with so much more good work to read and so many quotes to cover:
Tremendous amounts of talent are lost to our society just because that talent wears a skirt.
At present, our country needs women’s idealism and determination, perhaps more in politics than anywhere else.
I don’t measure America by its achievement but by its potential.
In the end, anti-black, anti-female, and all forms of discrimination are equivalent to the same thing — anti-humanism.
When morality comes up against profit, it is seldom that profit loses.
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