Born- November 30, 1924 Born in Brooklyn, NY to Barbadian parents At the age of three moved to Barbados with her grandmother to Returned to New York during the Great Depression Extremely smart which led to winning tuition scholarships…she had to turn them down because she couldn’t afford a board to live in One of eight children with a very poor family Early schooling was in Barbadian school systems
Later in life after schooling she became a nursery teacher and later a director of schools for early childhood education Was an active Democratic Member Had a reputation as a person who challenged traditional roles of women, African Americans, and the poor In 1964 elected to New York State Assembly (New York Flag ) Was involved in League of Women and Seventeenth Assembly District Democratic Club While in Congress she tried pass 50 sponsored bills and only eight passed
Chisholm decided to run for president She was the first African American to seek nomination for the Democratic Party Slogan was “unbossed an unbought” She had an opportunity to join the Forestry Subcommittee of the Agriculture Committee Chisholm denied the offer while entering the House because she thought it was not supporting her, because she was someone with a poor district background.
First major black candidate for President First major black woman elected for Congress Inducted in 1993 to the National Women’s Hall of Fame
Modeled to us that you should try your hardest to succeed in what you believe in or what you want to accomplish. She was brave by being the first black woman in Congress She was respected by others Chisholm modeled well for kids our age because she did very well in school and tried her best to get good grades