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Shirley Chisholm

Madam President

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 08.30.2014 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Although many countries around the world have had a woman as the leader of their government, the U.S. has never had a woman president. Women were running for president, though, even before women had the right to vote.

Ride That Elephant, Gloria Steinem

Gabrielle Burton | Posted 05.25.2014 | Fifty
Gabrielle Burton

Gloria's 80, I'm 75. So far, I've stopped lying and I'm doing my damnedest to get a new definition for 75. But I know if I'm lucky enough to still be alive in five years I'll have a head start because Gloria's showing us one vital way to be 80.

Champion of African American History: The Honorable Shirley Chisholm of New York

Valerie Jarrett | Posted 04.30.2014 | Black Voices
Valerie Jarrett

With her slight build, distinctly precise diction, and relentless energy, Representative Shirley Chisholm of New York will be forever remembered for the ground she broke in Congress, and the ground she laid for millions of women, girls, and African Americans in this country.

'Unbossed, Unbought' Shirley Chisholm Recognized With Stamp

Susan Smith Richardson | Posted 04.09.2014 | Black Voices
Susan Smith Richardson

Before Jesse Jackson, before Barack Obama, there was Shirley Chisholm, the first African American to run for president of a major political party and the first black woman elected to Congress.

A Road to Progress Paved by a Woman Who Wouldn't Take 'No' for an Answer

Letitia James | Posted 04.09.2014 | New York
Letitia James

Shirley Chisholm was a woman who never took "no" for an answer. And just as importantly, she was a principled woman who could find common ground even with people who were diametrically opposed to her.

1968: Shirley Chisholm Becomes The First Black Congresswoman

Posted 11.05.2013 | Black Voices

On this day in history, Shirley Chisholm became the first black woman elected to Congress. On November 5th 1968, she was elected to represent New ...

This Brave Congressman Taught Me How to Break News

Jim Sleeper | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jim Sleeper

I first learned how to break news in 1982 thanks to Major R. Owens, a canny yet noble fighter for economic and social justice who served 12 terms in Congress and died this week.

Fixing Washington: Two New Books on What's Right and Wrong With Congress

Heath Brown | Posted 09.23.2013 | Politics
Heath Brown

A summer of gridlock is clearly not good for the business of Washington or for its popularity. Thankfully, two new books help make some sense of what's right and wrong with Congress.

Time to 'Remember the Ladies' -- in Central Park

Myriam Miedzian | Posted 05.18.2013 | New York
Myriam Miedzian

There is a long history of not hearing about outstanding women, or forgetting them when they die. It's part and parcel of not seeing them represented in public places. Making women visible in Central Park would be an important step in correcting this.

The Real Purpose of the 'Cult of Moms': To Deny Women Public Power

Rebecca Sive | Posted 11.20.2012 | Politics
Rebecca Sive

This is all about power, and nothing about what women are capable of doing.

Woman-the-Barricades: We Need a Reinvigorated Women's Movement

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 05.02.2012 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

One must legitimately ask where this assault on women will stop. What will conservative Republicans think they can get away with next if there isn't an uprising saying, "We will not accept this attack on women!"

Grading Obama on Progress on Black Agenda

washingtonpost.com | Krissah Thompson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A group probing whether President Obama is addressing matters of concern to blacks will discuss the issue Saturday at the annual conference of the Con...

Where Are Today's Shirley Chisholms?

Charles Kolb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles Kolb

Today's frantic money chase in American elections has become a national embarrassment. Our elected leaders show few signs of changing a system which many have grown to like.

African-American Firsts In New York

Huffington Post | David Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

In 1911, Samuel Battle became the "first black officer to join" the NYPD. Today, nearly 100 years later, the intersection at West 135th Street and Le...

Memo to Obama: Let the Floor Vote Roll

Shireen Mitchell and Adele M. Stan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shireen Mitchell and Adele M. Stan

By allowing the roll call to take place, Obama would honor not just what Hillary Clinton achieved with her 18 million votes, but the promise of even greater accomplishments by Democratic women in the future.