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Shirley Chisholm Quotes To Celebrate Women’s History Month

A woman speaking at the podium during the 1972 democratic national convention.
Shirley Chisholm at the 1972 Democratic National Convention. Photo by Thomas J. O’Halloran.

In honor of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, find some inspiration from these timeless quotes by U.S. Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm:

Women in this country must become revolutionaries. We must refuse to accept the old, the traditional roles and stereotypes. Shirley Chisholm, U.S. Congresswoman, 1969-1983
  • “At present, our country needs women’s idealism and determination, perhaps more in politics than anywhere else.”
  • “In the end anti-Black, anti-female, and all forms of discrimination are equivalent to the same thing: anti-humanism.”
  • “We must reject not only the stereotypes that others hold of us, but also the stereotypes that we hold of ourselves.”
  • “Tremendous amounts of talent are lost to our society because that talent wears a skirt.”

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