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Influential African-American Women

Shirley Chisholm

In 1968, Shirley Chisholm became the first black woman elected to Congress. Chisholm represented New York's 12th Congressional District for seven terms from 1969 to 1983. She was the first major-party black candidate for President of the United States in 1972 and the first woman to run for the Democratic presidential nomination. (AP Photo)

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