About Their Business: 7 Black Female Politicians Who Made History

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Shirley Chisholm

After serving four years in the New York State Assembly, Shirley Chisholm ran successfully for Congress in 1968, becoming the first black woman elected to Congress. Her campaign slogan was “unbought and unbossed.” In 1969, as a member of the House of Representatives, she was a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus. In 1972, Chisholm was the first black woman in a major party (Democratic) to run for President of the United States.

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