Black + Iconic: Shirley Chisholm

Howard University sophomore Rachel gives us the history behind the political leader's rise to the halls of power and the doors she opened.

As the first Black woman to be elected to the U.S. Congress in 1968, Shirley Chisolm was determined to open doors. She co-founded the National Women's Political Caucus in 1971. The next year she became the first woman and Black person to seek a major party’s nomination for president. She lost the nomination to George McGovern, but went on to have a successful career in Congress becoming the first Black woman, and second ever woman ever to serve on the House Rules Committee. Chisholm is largely viewed as a predecessor to Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Vice President Kamala Harris. She is also the subject of  an upcoming biographical film on Netflix, due out in March.

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