Shirley Chisholm
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"Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm" was an United States/American politician, educator, and author. She was a United States Congress/Congresswoman, representing New York's 12th Congressional District for seven terms from 1969 to 1983. In 1968, she became the first African-American woman elected to United States Congress/Congress. On January 25, 1972, she became the first major-party black candidate for President of the United States and the first woman to run for the Democratic presidential nomination (US Senator Margaret Chase Smith had previously run for the 1964 Republican presidential nomination). She received 152 first-ballot votes at the 1972 Democratic National Convention.

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In the end antiblack, antifemale, and all forms of discrimination are equivalent to the same thing - antihumanism.

I don't measure America by its achievement but by its potential.

Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth.

Tremendous amounts of talent are lost to our society just because that talent wears a skirt.

The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says, 'It's a girl.'

The liberals in the House strongly resemble liberals I have known through the last two decades in the civil rights conflict. When it comes time to show on which side they will be counted, they excuse themselves.

It is not heroin or cocaine that makes one an addict, it is the need to escape from a harsh reality. There are more television addicts, more baseball and football addicts, more movie addicts, and certainly more alcohol addicts in this country than there are narcotics addicts.

At present, our country needs women's idealism and determination, perhaps more in politics than anywhere else.

There is little place in the political scheme of things for an independent, creative personality, for a fighter. Anyone who takes that role must pay a price.