Women in History: Shirley Chisholm

In 1968, Shirley Chisholm made history by becoming the first African American congresswoman. She represented New York State in the U.S. House of Representatives for seven terms.

In 1972, she shattered glass ceilings yet again, when she became the first major-party African-American candidate to make a bid for the U.S. presidency, running for the Democratic nomination.

Throughout her career, Shirley Chisholm fought for minority education and employment opportunities, and authored two books, Unbought and Unbossed (’70) and The Good Fight (’73). Almost 11 years after her passing, she was posthumously awarded the distinguished Presidential Medal of Freedom in November of 2015.

Thank you, Shirley, for your incredible work in your lifetime. We are grateful to you. For more short stories of women’s contributions throughout history, click here.