Forward NYCR Honors Prominent Women During Womens History Month ; Shirley Chisholm
Shirley Chisholm was born on November 30 , 1924 in New York City. She was an american politician and educator. She was most known for being the first black women elected to Congress and in 1972 she became the first black candidate for the democratic party. This also made her the first woman to run for such position.
Chisholm created controversy when she visited rival and ideological opposite George Wallace in the hospital soon after his shooting in May 1972, during the 1972 presidential primary campaign. Several years later, when Chisholm worked on a bill to give domestic workers the right to a minimum wage, Wallace helped gain votes of enough Southern congressmen to push the legislation through the House.
She joined the Congressional Black Caucus in 1971 as one of its founding members. In the same year, she was also a founding member of the National Women’s Political Caucus.