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Shirley Chisholm was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1968. She ran against civil rights activist James Farmer. She quickly became known for her work on minority, women's, and peace issues.

In 1972, Shirley Chisholm made a symbolic bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, becoming the first African American and the first woman whose name was placed in nomination at the convention of either major party for the office of president.

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Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm (November 30, 1924 - January 1, 2005) was the 1st African-American woman to be elected to to the United States Congress in 1968. She represented New York's 12th Congressional District from 1969 - 1983; making for a total of seven terms. Mrs. Chisholm also ran for president on the Democratic ticket in 1972.

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Shirley Chisholm was the first black woman elected to represent New York in a Congressional seat in 1968.

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