May 30, 2012

Shirley Chisholm's legacy is remembered in the current issue of the PSC CUNY Clarion.

Shirley Chisholm Project Director Barbara Winslow writes of Chisholm's legislative impact pushing for the City University of New York to be more inclusive, 40 years since her historic presidential run, and her role as a national figure while in U.S. Congress.

The SEEK legislation was not Chisholm’s only accomplishment in Albany. She also worked for the legalization of abortion, access to childcare, maternity rights for teachers and legislation for domestic workers’ rights. When elected to Congress in 1968, from Brooklyn’s 12th District, she was more outspoken in her opposition to the Vietnam War and her support for women’s rights. She was one of the founders of the Congressional Black Caucus, The National Women’s Political Caucus, as well as the National Abortion Rights Action League, serving as its honorary chair.

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