Shirley Chisholm

(Shirley Anita Chisholm)

Shirley Chisholm
Shirley Chisholm
  • Born: November 30, 1924
  • Died: January 1, 2005
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Politician









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[Referring to Jesse Jackson:] ... one of that machismo group. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Anybody who has followed my political career will see that I am unsought and unbossed.
Child care, abortion and women in the labor force. White women must get in line behind us. The issue is survival. Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
Congress seems drugged and inert most of the time. ...Its idea of meeting a problem is to hold hearings or, in extreme cases, to appoint a commission Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Everyone else is represented in Washington by a powerful lobby ... But there is no lobby for the people. Lobbying & Special Interests
f you don't have a seat at the table, then bring a folding chair.
Forget they are white children. Forget they are black children. Just remember one thing. They are America's children. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
I am a candidate for the Presidency of the United States. I make that statement proudly in the full knowledge that, as a Black person and as a female person, I do not have a chance of actually gaining that office in this election year. Discrimination & Prejudice
I am unbossed and unbought. Slogans & Mottoes
I want to be known as a catalyst for change. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
It is not heroin or cocaine that makes one an addict. It is the need to escape from a harsh reality. Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs
Nobody calls on black women to find out what they're thinking about because we're always part of somebody else's agenda. Minorities & Women
Richard M. Nixon ... has a deeper concern for his place in history than for the people he governs. And history will not fail to note that fact. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The greatest asset of any nation is the spirit of its people. States. Nations & Nationhood
The House of Representatives is ruled by a small group of old men. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
There are certain things in politics you cannot stop. You just can’t stop. You just have to grin and bear it. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Those guys [congressmen] lived on the basis of getting their little tidbits and their perks. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
When morality comes up against profit, it is seldom that profit loses. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest ;Capitalism
You don't achieve anything by playing it safe. Human Nature
At present, our country needs women's idealism and determination, perhaps more in politics than anywhere else. Women ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Congress seems drugged and inert most of the time... its idea of meeting a problem is to hold hearings or, in extreme cases, to appoint a commission. Time
I don't measure America by its achievement but by its potential.
It is important in a democracy to respect contrary opinion without impugning the motives or maligning the character of ones opponents. To view it any other way is to encourage the same type of sickness in public life that leads to assassinations. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Of my two handicaps, being female put many more obstacles in my path than being black.
Service is the rent that you pay for room on this earth.
The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says: It's a girl. Equality & Equal Opportunity
The liberals in the House strongly resemble liberals I have known through the last two decades in the civil rights conflict. When it comes time to show on which side they will be counted, they excuse themselves. Time
There is little place in the political scheme of things for an independent, creative personality, for a fighter. Anyone who takes that role must pay a price.
Tremendous amounts of talent are lost to our society just because that talent wears a skirt. Society
You don't make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.