The Best Shirley Chisholm quotes

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Shirley Chisholm was born on November 30, 1924. Shirley chisholm became the first African American woman to be elected to congress in 1968 and she served 7 terms until 1983. Shirley is also known for being the first black candidate for a major party’s nomination for president of the United States.
She ran as an independent candidate against George McGovern and Hubert Humphrey during 1972 presidential election. She is often credited with creating political opportunities for women candidates who followed her.
Chisholm died from cancer in Florida at age 80 on January 1, 2005.

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About Shirley Chisholm

birth of the author

November 30, 1924

death of the author

January 1, 2005

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education of the author

Brooklyn College


Women must become revolutionary. This cannot be evolution but revolution. — Shirley Chisholm

Be as bold as the first man or [woman] to eat an oyster. — Shirley Chisholm

Women have learned to flex their political muscles. You got to flex that muscle to get what you want. — Shirley Chisholm

As a black person I am no stranger to prejudice. But the truth is that in the political world I have been far more often discriminated against because I am a woman than because I am black. — Shirley Chisholm

women must become revolutionary this cannot be evolution but revolution Shirley Chisholm quote

I had met far more discrimination because I am a woman than because I am black. — Shirley Chisholm

I am not the candidate of Black America, although I am black and proud. I am not the candidate of the woman’s movement of this country, although I am a woman and I am equally proud of that. — Shirley Chisholm

I have certainly met much more discrimination in terms of being a woman than being black, in the field of politics. — Shirley Chisholm

I’ve always met more discrimination being a woman than being Black…men are men. — Shirley Chisholm

That I am a national figure because I was the first person in 192 years to be at once a congressman, black, and a woman proves, I would think, that our society is not yet either just or free. — Shirley Chisholm

be as bold as the first man or woman to eat an oyster Shirley Chisholm quote


Of my two handicaps, being female put many more obstacles in my path than being black. — Shirley Chisholm

As there were no black Founding Fathers, there were no founding mothers–a great pity, on both counts. — Shirley Chisholm

In the end anti–black, anti–female, and all forms of discrimination are equivalent to the same thing: anti–humanism. — Shirley Chisholm

I am not antiwhite, because I understand that white people, like black ones, are victims of a racist society. They are products of their time and place. — Shirley Chisholm

Inspiring Phrases From Shirley Chisholm

Political organizations are formed to keep the powerful in power. — Shirley Chisholm

political organizations are formed to keep the powerful in power Shirley Chisholm quote

There is a good deal of evidence that the United States is moving to the right, and that the main force behind the movement is a resurgence, in a new form, of racial prejudice. — Shirley Chisholm

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I have never cared too much what people say. What I am interested in is what they do. — Shirley Chisholm

That’s what’s wrong with the country. There are too many ‘good soldiers’ accepting too many bad decisions. — Shirley Chisholm

All Americans are the prisoners of racial prejudice. — Shirley Chisholm

It is not heroin or cocaine that makes one an addict, it is the need to escape from a harsh reality. — Shirley Chisholm

i have never cared too much what people say what i am interested in is what they do Shirley Chisholm quote

Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth. — Shirley Chisholm