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Shirley Chisholm

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Shirley Chisholm

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History, Women's Studies, Speech

At a Glance

  • In 1968 Shirley Chisholm (1924–2005) of New York became the first African American woman elected to Congress.
  • Shortly after taking office, Chisholm, a longtime advocate of African American and women's rights, delivered her Equal Rights for Women Speech in the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • In her speech, Chisholm describes the pervasive discrimination women face, particularly when it comes to professional opportunities and advancement.
  • Chisholm presents what she sees as a solution to a lack of rights: the passage of an equal rights amendment that will constitutionally protect the rights of women. Such an amendment had been proposed for decades.
  • Chisholm dismisses the main arguments against such an amendment, refuting claims that it would detrimentally affect existing laws affecting women.
  • Throughout the speech, Chisholm likens sexual discrimination to racial discrimination, a problem she sees as being currently better addressed than the lack of women's rights.


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