Shirley Chisholm Project-Alexandra Gieswein

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  • Shirley Chisholm
  • "I want history to remember me... not as the first black woman to have made a bid for the presidency of the United States, but as a black woman who lived in the 20th century and who dared to be herself. I want to be remembered as a catalyst for change in America."
  • Accomplishments
  • "I ran because somebody had to do it first. In this country, everybody is supposed to be able to run for president, but that has never really been true."
  • Importance
  • "You don't make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas."
  • Shirley Chisholm was the first African American women to run for president. She wanted to make difference so she ran. Shirley Chisholm was born on November 30, 1942 and died on January 1, 2005.
  • In 1946 Shirley Chisholm graduated Brooklyn College with honors. After that she became a nursery school worker and became really involved with the Democratic Party. Soon after that she ran to get into the house of Representatives. She won against her opponent, James Farmer.
  • During the war Shirley realized that the United States was spending a lot of money on defense while social programs suffered. She began a protest, nothing was really happening so she decided to take matters in to her own hands. 1972 Shirley Chisholm was the first African American women to run for President. Unfortunately she did not win the role of President.
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