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Shirley Chisholm

Politician Shirley Chisholm was the first black woman elected to Congress in 1968, serving the 12th Congressional District in New York. Chisholm wasn’t content with Congress, though, and made a bid for the Democratic Party presidential nomination in 1972.

 

(Photo: Thomas J. O'Halloran, U.S. News & World Reports/Library of Congress Archives)

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