Fifty years ago this month, Shirley Chisholm made history by becoming the first Black woman elected to Congress. At only 43 years old, she was representing New York’s 12th Congressional District, an office she held for seven terms from 1969 to 1983. Chisholm passed away in 2005, but today would have been her 94th birthday.
In 1972, she became the first African American major party candidate to run for President of the United States — she was also the first woman to run for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. Chisholm was a fearless fighter for education, voting rights, equality and was famously “unbought and unbossed.”
Let the quotes below inspire you. Happy birthday, Shirley Chisholm!