SHEro Series: Shirley Chisholm
Updated: Jun 15
Shirley Anita Chisholm née St. Hill (1924 – 2005) was an American politician, educator, and author. In 1968, she became the first black woman elected to the United States Congress, representing New York's 12th congressional district for seven terms. Everyone Chisholm hired for her office were women; half of these were black. Chisholm was a founding member of, both, the Congressional Black Caucus and the National Women's Political Caucus. The following year, she became the first black candidate for a major party's nomination for President of the United States (Dem., 1972).
Chisholm's work and legacy has been honored with several awards given, both, during her lifetime and posthumously; Shirley Chisholm State Park in Brooklyn, NY plans to open in 2021, and Chisholm was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015 from U.S. President Obama.
Shirley Anita Chisholm is one of our #SHEroes because she paved the way for women, especially women of color, in the United States to hold public positions at the national level.