Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American congresswoman, ran for president in 1972.
She was “the most historically significant forerunner to Hillary Clinton,” says Marc Morial, the president and CEO of the National Urban League.
Chisholm hired only women for her campaign staff, and half of those women were African Americans. “Of my two handicaps, being female put many more obstacles in my path than being Black,” Chisholm said.
“Women in this country must become revolutionaries,” she stressed. “We must refuse the old, traditional roles and stereotypes….We must replace the old, negative thoughts about our femininity with positive thoughts and positive action affirming it.”