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Repeatedly Breaking the Glass Ceiling, Shirley Chisholm's Story

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TheStreet's Special Report: Black History, Wall Street & Beyond is taking a look at leaders from yesterday, today, and tomorrow. During the month-long series, we'll remember historical milestones. 

Here's a look back at Shirley Chisholm, the first Black Congresswoman:

Shirley Chisholm was born November 30, 1924, in Brooklyn, New York, to immigrant parents.

In 1968, Chisholm, a politician, educator, and author became the first Black woman elected to the United States Congress. She represented New York's 12th congressional district for seven terms from 1969 to 1983.

She further broke the glass ceiling in 1972 when she became the first woman to run for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.

She won 152 delegates before withdrawing from the race.

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Among other things, Chisholm also founded the National Woman's Political Caucus. She supported the Equal Rights Amendment and during her congressional career, she legalized abortions.

In her later years, she moved to Ormond Beach, Florida where she died January 1, 2005.

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