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Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm was the first African-American woman elected to the United States Congress, and the first to run for President. She lost the Democratic Party nomination that year to Senator George McGovern. In November 1972, the Republican incumbent, President Richard M. Nixon, defeated McGovern in a landslide. Nixon's, presidency later ended in the Watergate scandal. I got this quote which is credited to Shirley online;

"I am a candidate for the Presidency of the United States. I make that statement proudly, in the full knowledge that, as a black person and as a female person, I do not have a chance of actually gaining that office in this election year. I make that statement seriously, knowing that my candidacy itself can change the face and future of American politics--that it will be important to the needs and hopes of every one of you--even though, in the conventional sense, I will not win." -June 4, 1972

I came across Shirley's story by chance. Nevertheless, I am impressed by her audacity, she contested for U.S presidency in 1972 knowing that she would probably loose but she went ahead anyway. I believe she was a very remarkable woman. I think that , her contesting in a country that at that time did not provide equal opportunity for her class or her race makes truly exceptional She is an example. Her action shows that many times we need to take certain actions not just for ourselves but also for the future generation. She took the first steps that have today benefited Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton.

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Dear olakitike, After joining this group for the first time I came to know about Ms. Shirley. Of course she is admirable. Modern Technology are helping us to introduce the reality. Thanks for your information.

With Love and RegardsSunita Basnet

Thank you for bringing light to this powerful woman. We did a feature on her in Sisterhood Agenda Magazine late last year before the election (see page 36: http://tinyurl.com/cujpx8). It is amazing how similar her platform of change was very similar to Obama's.

In the Spirit of Sisterhood, Angela

Thanks for telling the story of this very powerful woman.She actually had no chance of becoming president but she tried anyway. I cannot tell you how many times i have stopped trying because i got scared of being rejected.Is she still alive?

There is this quote that I am finding to be true and sadly very applicable to women." We succeed not because we deserve to but because we are DETERMINED to". You have to keep trying Efe, and remember that courage doesn't always roar, sometimes it is just the determination to try again tomorrow. I hope I don't sound like a pop psychologist! Shirley died at 80 years, precisely 1st of January 2005. Are you Nigerian? Your name sounds so.