Shirley A. Chisholm 
 
 
Shirley Chisholm become the first African American woman to serve in the United States Congress. Chisholm, a New York  Democrat, was a member of the  New York  State Assembly for 1969 to 1983.  Chisholm campaigned for, but did  not win, the 1972 Democrat presidential nomination.
Chisholm has worked for the reform of  U. S. political  parties and legislatures to meet the needs of more citizens. She was a severe critic of the seniority system in Congress and protested her 1969 assignment to the to the House Agriculture  Committee. She won reassignment to a  committee on which she felt she could be  of greater service to her Brooklyn  inner city district.
 
Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm was born in New York City. She graduated from Brooklyn College and earned a master's  degree at Columbia  University. She taught  nursery school  and directed day care centers in New York City. She earned a master's degree at Columbia  University. She taught nursery school and directed day  care centers in New York City.  From 1959 to 1964, Chisholm was a consultant for the City's Bureau of Child Welfare. She has  written an autobiography, Unbought and Unbossed (1970)
 
By Mykel k. Barnes
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