Presidential candidates, part IV


Presidential candidates, part IV


Presidential Candidates IV: Unbought & unbossed Until Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, women presidential candidates barely did better than Woodhull & Lockwood in the 19th c. Like so much of our civil rights struggle, work begun in 1872 had to start all over again in 1972. That year Shirley Chisholm announced that she was seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Nixon's re-election. (Pause to note that she kicked off her campaign in January - at which pt Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand & Julian Castro have now come and gone.)

Chisholm’s motto “unbought and unbossed” dates to the beginning of her political career in the NY state legislature, and became famous in her Presidential run. Watch @sholalynch’s documentary Chisholm ‘72 (on Prime!) You need this trailer 👇in your day:

Rep. Chisholm was the 1st African-American woman in Congress. When she won her House seat in 1968 she was the only woman in the freshman class. In case there was any doubt about how unwelcome she was, the Congresswoman from Bed-Stuy was assigned to the Agriculture Committee. Chisholm upended protocol by demanding a new committee assignment, repeatedly, until she got one. An alumna of @Columbia @TeachersCollege, she championed education, child nutrition, the #ERA & many other progressive bills over 7 terms in Congress. She co-founded @TheBlackCaucus, but her Presidential run rankled some of the CBC men, who felt they hadn’t been consulted.

Despite little $, Chisholm captured 10% of the delegates at the Democratic National Convention. In November, George McGovern lost to Nixon in a landslide. So much wonderful content about Shirley Chisholm - in addition to the @sholalynch documentary there are not 1 but 2 feature films in the works, in which she’ll be played by @violadavis and @UzoAduba 🔥🔥 Plus this gorgeous @jestei feature:

“I am not the candidate of Black America, although I am Black and proud. I am not the candidate of the women's movement of this country, although I am a woman and I’m equally proud of that….

"I am the candidate of the people of America, and my presence before you symbolizes a new era in American political history." May it come to pass. #BlackSuffragists #Suffrage100


Daily Suffragist






Daily Suffragist, “Presidential candidates, part IV,” Daily Suffragist, accessed June 24, 2024,

Output Formats