Woman of the Month: Shirley Chisholm

Since election day has just passed, I thought it was the right time for another Woman of the Month post. If you didn't already know, last month I decided to do this sort of post to share an important and interesting female who influenced, or is currently influencing our history. 

Like most other people, I am completely shocked by the results of the election. In a time when there is so much hatred going around, it is important to remember to be kind, positive, and never stop fighting for what is right and for what you believe in

This month, I want you to know who Shirley Chisholm is. 

Shirley Chisholm was an American politician, educator, and author. She was the first African American woman elected to the U.S Congress.  In 1972, she became the first black candidate for a major party's nomination for President, and the first woman to run for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.

Despite achieving this, she was ignored by much of the Democratic political establishment and received little support from her black male colleagues. 

She later stated, "When I ran for the Congress, when I ran for president, I met more discrimination as a woman than for being black. They think I am trying to take power from them. The black man must step forward, but that doesn't mean the black woman must step back." 

It baffles me how Shirely's struggle against sexism is something that women still deal with to this day. I think she is an amazing example of how determination and a refusal to be give up can go a long way. 

Society has a history of wanting to make women feel small. I will never understand this because women are not small, women are powerful. 

I had the chance to see Beyonce at her concert in Houston this year, and something she said to the crowd that night stuck with me:  "There is no such thing as a weak woman." Shirley Chisholm is just one example of that. 


1 comment

  1. Yesss I love this, what an amazing woman! Such an inspiring post! x