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Buttons supporting Shirley Chisholm for president, 1972Buttons supporting Shirley Chisholm for president, 1972

In 1969 Chisholm became the first African American congresswoman when she was elected to represent New York in the U.S. House of Representatives. A native of Brooklyn and a vocal supporter of women's rights, she was an advocate for her inner-city constituents and a hero to feminists nationwide. Under the slogan "Unbought and Unbossed" (the title of her 1970 autobiography), Chisholm made a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1972 but lost to George McGovern. After the campaign the Smithsonian collected these buttons from Chisholm and her supporters.

See also: African American History, Buttons, Civil Rights Movement, Political Campaign Memorabilia, Women's History

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