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Shirley Chisholm: Unbought and Unbossed

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Stayed up way past my bedtime to watch Shirley Chisholm documentary on POV about her 1972 bid for the presidency. She was so far ahead of the rest of us we’ll still be catching up 50 years from now. Articulate, visionary, iconoclastic, fearless, she challenged every expectation dictated for her sex and her race. My favorite part: when she asked why it always had to be “white men, white men, white men, white men.” Who’s got the guts to chant that in front of TV cameras today?

When I die I want to be remembered as a woman who fought for change in the 20th century. – Shirley Chisholm

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Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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