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Shirley Chisholm

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Chisholm, Shirley (1924– ), first black woman to serve in the U.S. Congress, Democratic Representative from 1969–83. She criticized the Vietnam War, and the seniority system in Congress, and advocated for the inner-city poor. From 1964–69 she served in the New York Assembly and campaigned for the 1972 Democratic presidential nomination.

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