If Hillary Clinton is declared America’s first female president tonight, it’ll be thanks in no small part to decades of groundwork by generations of women. Among them: Shirley Chisholm, the first African American woman to run for president as a major party candidate.
There’s a lot of women responsible for the steps we’ve taken towards women’s equality, but Women’s Equality Day was first proposed as a bill by New York Democrat Bella Abzug. Unlike National Hot Dog Day or National Sunscreen Day, it actually means something.
On this date in 1924, Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American woman elected to the United States Congress, was born in Brooklyn, New York. Chisholm, who had gone to college to be a teacher, was elected to Congress in 1968, and broke another barrier by becoming the first African-American major-party candidate to…