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Women of the Hall

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Year Honored: 1993
Birth: 1924 - Death: 2005
Born In: New York, United States of America
Died In: Florida, United States of America
Achievements: Government
Educated In: New York
Schools Attended: Brooklyn College, Columbia University
Worked In: New York, District of Columbia

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Shirley Chisholm

Shirley Chisholm, the first African American woman elected to the U.S. Congress, was a passionate and effective advocate for the needs of minorities, women and children and has changed the nation's perception about the capabilities of women and African Americans.

A New York City educator and child care manager, Chisholm saw the problems of the poor every day, and in the 1950s this led her to run for and win a seat in the New York State Legislature. In 1968 she was elected to Congress from the new 12th District. There she supported improved employment and education programs, expansion of day care, income support and other programs to improve inner city life and opportunity. She advocated for the end of the military draft and reduced defense spending. In 1970, she published her first book, Unbossed and Unbought. She served in Congress until 1982 and in 1972 entered several Democratic presidential primaries, receiving 151 delegate votes for the presidential nomination. Her second book, The Good Fight, was published in 1973.
Additional Sources:

HIcks, Nancy. The Honorable Shirley Chisholm, Congresswoman from Brooklyn. Lion Books, 1971.

Pollack, Jill S. Shirley Chisholm. Watts Franklin, 1994.

Scheader, Catherine. Shirley Chisholm: Teacher and Congresswoman. Enslow Publishers, 1990.

Unbought and Unbossed: An Autobiography. New York: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1970.

The Good Fight. New York; Harper & Row, 1973. NOTES: "" A Cass Canfield book"".

Records 1960-1978, 49 cu. Ft. of the New Democratic Coalition of New York. Rutgers, University Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives. New Brunswick, New Jersey.