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Shirley Chisholm: Made History as the First Black Woman in Congress

The United States Congress is as diverse now as it has ever been, however, when Chisholm was attempting to shatter that glass ceiling, the same was not true. During the racial tension of the late 1960s, she became the first Black woman elected into congress. She represented New York's 12th District from 1969 to 1983, and in 1972, she became the first woman to run for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. Her campaign slogan: "Unbought and Unbossed". During her Kamala Harris's Vice Presidential campaign, she paid homage by using a similar slogan.

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Born: November 30, 1924, Brooklyn, New York, NY

Died: January 1, 2005, Ormond Beach, FL

Spouse: Arthur Hardwick (m. 1977–1986), Conrad Chisholm (m. 1949–1977)

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