Black HERstory Month – Did You Know? Shirley Chisholm

Shirley Chisholm….what a phenomenal woman she was.

Did you know? — “Shirley Chisholm was the first African-American woman elected to the House of Representatives. She was elected in 1968, and represented the state of New York.”

She was viewed as a model of independence facing many issues with women’s rights and obtaining help for the poor.

Although Ms. Chisholm won many tuition scholarships for school, she was unable to afford her room and board. Isn’t that something? A woman of intelligence, graduating with honors was still limited for what we are awarded for today.  “Through campus politics and her work with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), an organization that was formed in 1909 to work for equal rights for African Americans, Chisholm found a way to voice her opinions about economic and social structures in a rapidly changing nation.”

In spite of many challenges, she never let “quit” become a part of her vocabulary and her desire was to “be remembered for continuing throughout her life to fight for rights for women and African-Americans.”

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