A repository of women's grassroots social activism in Brooklyn since 1945

03/08/16 International Women’s Day Honoring Shirley Chisholm!

Today we honor the brilliant women who paved the way for the rest of us. We’d like to personally honor Shirley Chisholm a woman from Brooklyn born to immigrant parents from Barbados devoted her life to serve the often forgotten. She fought for early childhood education, child welfare, domestic worker rights and women’s rights to name a few. She became the first African-American woman to be elected into Congress in 1968, Chisholm didn’t stop there and took her ambition all the way to the highest office in the land. In 1972 Chisholm declared her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for President, making her the first African-American woman to do so. Although she lost the election Chisholm kept going. Chisholm was a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus in 1971 and the Congressional Women’s Caucus in 1977. From 1977 to 1981, Chisholm served as Secretary of the Democratic Caucus. In 1977 Chisholm accepted a seat in the Rules Committee becoming the first black woman and the second woman ever to serve.

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