She Did It First: Celebrating African-American Female Trailblazers

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  • Yvonne Brathwaite Burke
  • Condoleezza Rice
  • Shirley Chisholm
  • Jocelyn Elders
  • Gabby Douglas
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Althea Gibson
  • Patricia Roberts Harris
  • Wilma Rudolph
  • Norma Merrick Sklarek
  • Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander
  • Dr. Maya Angelou
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Tyra Banks
  • Halle Berry
  • Jane Bolin
  • Gwendolyn Brooks
  • Rebecca Lee Crumpler
  • Vanessa Williams
  • Carol Moseley Braun

Shirley Chisholm

Shirley Chisholm was the first Black woman elected to Congress in 1968, representing New York from 1969 until 1983. In 1972, she also became the first major-party Black candidate to run for president and was the first woman to run for the Democratic presidential nomination. 

(Photo: Don Hogan Charles/New York Times Co./Getty Images)

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