Shirley Chisholm was born Shirley Anita St. Hill. She was born in 1924 in Brooklyn, New York to two immigrant parents. Her father, Charles Christopher St. Hill, was born in British Guiana. Her mother, Ruby Seale, was born in Christ Church, Barbados.At the young age of three, Chisholm was sent to Barbados to live with her maternal grandmother, Emaline Seale, in Christ Church. She did not return until roughly seven years.
She is most famous for many things but one of things she is highly known for is her personal autobiography Unbought and Unbossed. She is know as the Pepperpot for her predilection for saying "I breathe Fire." Shirley Chisolm was a Congresswoman for New York's 12th Congressional District. She remained congresswoman for seven terms from 1969 to 1983. In 1968, she became the first black woman elected to 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. She received 152 first-ballot votes at the 1972 Democratic National Convention.
Why did I choose Shirley Chisholm?.
Shirley Chisholm had the type of attitude women that all women in leadership or high power postions need. Her attitude said that she was fierce, bold, and unstoppable. Her presents was just below intimidating but she stood for justice.