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- Shirley was born on November 30, 1924, in Brooklyn, New York.
- Her parents were Ruby Seale, a seamstress, and Charles Christopher St. Hill, a factory worker.
- From the age of five to 10 years old, Shirley and her two sisters were sent to Barbados to live with their grandmother.
- She was educated well in Barbados and back in the U.S., in 1946, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College.
- Shirley met Conrad O. Chisholm in the late 1940s and they married in 1949.
Career, Political Achievements & Death
- Shirley Chisholm worked as a nursery school teacher while earning her Masters from Columbia University in 1952.
- While working as an educational consultant for a daycare in the early 1960s, she developed an interest in politics.
- From 1965 to 1968, Shirley was a Democrat in the New York State Assembly.
- While working in the New York State Assembly, Shirley was able to secure unemployment benefits for those working in the domestic field.
- Shirley was elected as a congresswoman from NY into the U.S. House of Representatives in 1968, making her the first African-American woman to win this position in government.
- She defeated two other African-American candidates for the position.
- Shirley served in the House of Representatives for seven terms.
- Her first assignment in the House of Representatives was with the House Forestry Committee.
- Shirley demanded to be reassigned and was appointed to the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, and then the Education and Labor Committee.
- In 1972, Shirley Chisholm became the first African-American to make a bid to become United States President, running for the Democratic nomination.
- She was also the first woman ever to run for the Democratic nomination.
- Shirley Chisholm served as Secretary of the House Democratic Caucus from 1977 to 1981.
- Shirley Chisholm was instrumental in improving the lives of inner-city residents during her terms in government. She worked to improve healthcare, social services, and education.
- Shirley’s first marriage ended in 1977 and later that year she married Arthur Hardwick Jr., a former assemblyman.
- Shirley retired from Congress in 1982, and took care of Arthur, who had been injured in an accident.
- She returned to education and taught sociology and politics at Mount Holyoke College from 1983 to 1987.
- In 1993, President Bill Clinton nominated Shirley Chisholm to be the U.S. Ambassador to Jamaica but her health prevented her from accepting.
- Shirley Chisholm died on January 1, 2005, at the age of 80.
Shirley Chisholm Worksheets
This bundle includes 11 ready-to-use Shirley Chisholm worksheets that are perfect for students to learn about Shirley Chisholm who was a politician, educator and writer. She was the first African-American candidate to make a bid to become U.S. President, and the first African-American woman to be elected as a U.S. congresswoman.
This download includes the following worksheets:
- Shirley Chisholm Facts
- Fill in the Blanks
- Political Career
- Career Timeline
- True or False
- Influential People
- Committee Assignment
- Word Jumble
- Poet’s Corner
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