African American educator and U.S. congresswoman Shirley Chisholm stands at a podium and gives the victory sign, circa 1968. (Photo by Pictorial Parade/Getty Images). Featured Image
Below, in honor of Black History Month, seven current Congresswomen reflect on Chisholm’s legacy and how she changed the game for women in politics.
“Shirley Chisholm declared before it was cool, before people were really welcoming her in, that she was going to be unbought and unbossed. What that means to me is that you cannot be afraid, and you cannot be afraid to say no. I am here to represent the people of the Illinois 14th, and sometimes folks have other agendas. If I am going to be successful, I can’t be beholden to interests or industries or these nefarious groups. I am here to serve the people, and she really embodies that.” —Rep. Lauren Underwood (IL-14)