Happy 88th Birthday, Shirley Chisholm!: 15 Of The Most Inspiring Women Of Color In Politics (Michelle Obama, Susan Rice & More)

Happy 88th Birthday, Shirley Chisholm!: 15 Of The Most Inspiring Women Of Color In Politics (Michelle Obama, Susan Rice & More)


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Could you run for President of the United States? Well, Shirley Chisholm did. She was the first African American woman to run for the Democratic Party, which is still no small feat, even in the age of President Barack Obama. She’s a true pioneer, considering African Americans and women didn’t even have the right to vote in the early portion of the 20th century. Chisholm was a seven term Congresswoman for New York’s 12th district and was a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus. Today we celebrate what would have been the late politician’s 88th birthday.

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Shirley Chisholm

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Shirley Chisholm announcing her candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1972.

Rosa Parks

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Rosa Parks’ booking photo taken at the time of her arrest in 1955 for refusing to give up her seat bus to a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama.

Michelle Obama

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First African American First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama gives a speech on the 2012 Presidential election campaign trail.

Ida B. Wells

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Journalist and Civil Rights leader Ida B. Wells covered African American lynchings in the United States.

Coretta Scott King

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Coretta Scott King and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. leave the court house after Dr. King is sentenced for conspiring to boycott segregated buses.

Dorothy Height

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Social activist and former president of the National Council of Negro Women Dr. Dorothy Height seated in the NCNW headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Betty Shabazz

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Portrait of Betty Shabazz, wife of Malcolm X, taken in 1964.

Donna Brazile

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Political analyst for the Democratic National Convention Donna Brazile appears on ABC’s Good Morning America.

Sojourner Truth

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Abolitionist and women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth poses for a portrait.

Susan Rice

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Ambassador Susan Rice attends the 2012 Global Leadership Awards Dinner.

Angela Davis

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American writer and civil rights activist Angela Davis gives a clenched fist salute as she appears in court.

Condoleezza Rice

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First African American woman Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice addresses the Republican National Convention in 2012.

Diane Nash

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Young student leader for the Civil Rights Movement Diane Nash attends the 2011 Search For Common Ground Awards.

Harriet Tubman

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Abolitionist and Underground Railroad leader Harriet Tubman poses for a portrait.

Carol Elizabeth Moseley Braun

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Carol Mosely Braun, the first African American woman elected to the U.S. Senates,  declares her victory.

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 -Krishana Davis

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