shirley chisholm

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  • I am running for congress!
  • I am now your congresswoman!
  • I am running for president!
  • After a career in early childhood education, which made her an authority on child welfare, in 1968 Shirley Chisholm ran for Congress with the slogan "Unbought and Unbossed".
  • Not bad! 2.7 percent!
  • With a 2 to 1 victory over her opponent, Shirley Chisholm became the first black congresswoman. Her assignment to the agriculture committee seemed like a bad pairing for an urban representative.  However, she used it to help the hungry. 
  • In 1972 Shirley Chisholm ran for president.  She was the first woman to run for the Democratic nomination and first black person to ever run for president in a major party. This makes her the forerunner for both Barak Obama and Hillary Clinton.  
  • At the Democratic Convention she called for a "bloodless revolution" but struggled to be taken seriously as a candidate.  Despite that, she earned 2.7% of the 16 million primary votes cast.
  • After 28 years of marriage, Shirley gets divorced from Conrad Chisholm in 1977. Within a year, she married Arthur Hardwick, Jr. with whom she had served in the New York State Legislature.
  • She left Congress in 1982, partly to take care of her husband who had been injured. She taught at Mount Holyoke and other colleges and campaigned for candidates she supported until her retirement in 1991. Shirley Chisholm died January 1st 2005.
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