A Woman to Know: Shirley Chisholm

Tremendous amounts of talent are lost in society just because that talent wears a skirt. Shirley

(image via Library of Congress)

Reasons to raise a glass to Shirley Chisholm today:

  1. As the first black woman to run for president (in 1972), she paved the way for Hillary and Barack.

  2. She was the first black woman elected to Congress (in 1968).

  3. Quotes like this: "I have no intention of just sitting quietly and observing."

  4. Every staffer in her Congressional office was a lady.

  5. Her presidential campaign slogan was simple, sleek and oh-so-Shirley: "Unbought and Unbossed."

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