Shirley Chisholm is widely considered one of the foremost female orators in the United States. With a character that she has described as “unbought and unbossed,” Chisholm became known as a politician who refused to allow fellow politicians, including the male-dominated Congressional Black Caucus, to deter her from her goals. In 1969 her first statement as a congressperson before the U.S. House of Representatives reflected her commitment to prioritizing the needs of the disadvantaged, especially children: she proclaimed her intent to “vote No on every money bill that comes to the floor of this House that provides any funds for the Department of Defense.” While Chisholm advocated for black civil rights, she regularly took up issues that concerned other people of color such as Native Americansand Spanish-speaking migrants. She also delivered important speeches on the economic and political rights of women and fearlessly criticized the Nixon Administration during the Vietnam War… (more).

When she ran for President in 1972, Chisholm won 152 delegates — the most ever by a woman before Clinton. “Chisholm said she ran for the office ‘in spite of hopeless odds, . . . to demonstrate the sheer will and refusal to accept the status quo.'”

I’m only now learning about this remarkable woman. Before I get too down on how such an accomplished politician could be completely left out from my education, I thought I should try and tell some other people about her, and let them tell some more people, and so on. For even more interesting reading, check out this list of women who’ve run for the US Presidency: Wiki.

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