S Is For Shirley Chisholm

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There is a quote attributed to Ms. Shirley Chisholm, which gives me the courage to push forward. Especially in situations when it seems like I need that pep talk to push ahead.

If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring in a folding chair.

Shirley Chisholm

Before the world got to know about the audacity of this trailblazer, she was an educator and worked in social services in New York City. Shocking everyone, Miss Chisholm became the first African-American woman to win a congressional seat. This paved the way for many African-American women to run for office and change the political landscape.

Service is the rent that you pay for room on this earth.

Shirley Chisholm

In 1972, Miss Chisholm announced her bid for the Office of the President of the United States on the Democratic Party Ticket. She is the first African-American and second woman to make such a bid.

My greatest political asset, which professional politicians fear, is my mouth, out of which come all kinds of things one shouldn’t always discuss for reasons of political expediency.

Shirley Chisholm

It was an impressive campaign. “Fighting Shirley,” as she was called, did not win enough votes. Her legacy includes over 50 bills, which helped to open doors for women and minorities.

That night, when Hillary Clinton won the Democratic nomination, I gave honor to Miss Shirley Chisholm.

Fun fact: She’s of West Indian heritage too. (smile)


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