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Image to the right shows Shirley Chisholm, member of the U.S. House of Representatives (D-NY), announcing her candidacy for President, September 1972
  • First African American Woman Elected to Congress, 1968
    • First Black Candidate for a Major Party's Presidential Nomination, 1972
    • First Woman to Run for the Democratic Party's Presidential Nomination
      • She won the state primaries in Louisiana and Mississippi in 1972
  • Received the Presidential Medal of Freedom Posthumously, 2015

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Shirley Chisholm Biography from the United States House of Representatives

See also, Shirley Anita Chisholm from the National Women's History Museum

Before Hillary Clinton, There Was Shirley Chisholm, from BBC News

When Shirley Chisholm Ran for President, Few Would Say: "I'm with Her" Smithsonian Magazine (April 25, 2016)

Official Portrait, House of Representatives
Official Portrait, House of Representatives


Multimedia Resources

Chisholm '72: Unbought and Unbossed

Shirley Chisholm: The First Black Congresswoman


Primary Sources

Equal Rights for Women a speech in the House of Representatives (May 21, 1969).
  • This source includes questions for discussion with students from Anti-Defamation League

My Bid for the Presidency, Oral History Interview with Shirley Chisholmfrom the National Visionary Project on YouTube

The National Black Political Convention and Shirley Chisholm

See United States History II.26 for more on the Civil Rights Movement

Victoria Woodhull
Victoria Woodhull

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Women Who Ran Before Hillary: I Cannot Vote But I Can Be Voted For
  • Victoria Woodhull, 1872
  • Belva Lockwood, 1884
  • Margaret Chase Smith, 1964
  • Shirley Chisholm, 1972
  • Ellen McCormick, 1976
  • Lenora Fulani, 1988 & 1992
  • Jill Stein, 2012 & 2016