Talk:Shirley Chisholm

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This was a great bio of Shirley Chisholm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 17:38, April 19, 2005 (UTC)

I've changed the image of Shirley Chisholm from a 'fair use' photo to one from the Library of Congress which is a work of the US Government. I think it may be a better photo as well. -- SeanO 12:09, Jun 3, 2005 (UTC)

I am 17 years old and i was given a paper to write on some one who has changed my life and i had to write it on Mrs.Shirley Chisholm beacuse you have done many courageous things in and America. I loook at Mrs. Chishlom as a brave, self assured, courageous woman fought for women’s rights. Snd i wish i could thank her for it but God saw fit for her to be laid to rest R.I.P Mrs.Shirley Chisholm — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 04:01, February 22, 2007 (UTC)

Yes, the world could use more people like Shirley Chisholm. Alas, a recession-fueled backlash begat the Reagan years and closed bountless possibilities for structural change. -- (talk) 07:26, 11 May 2008 (UTC)

Chisholm made the most of her position in the Agriculture Committee, and despite it not being her expertise or preference, she helped create programs that are the keystones of food security in the US. Very inspiring. Kachemist (talk) 22:25, 2 November 2016 (UTC)kachemist

Why is this page protected? Here's a link for the External Links. It's for a PBS/P.O.V documentary on Shirley Chisholm's 1972 run for president. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 07:11, March 8, 2007 (UTC)

Presidential bid[edit]

Why isn't there anything about her presidential bid? I don't know very much about her, and came to this page to find out more. I expected to see something about that. - Coralys 04:31, 9 March 2007 (UTC)

Delegate Votes[edit]

Anyone know if she received 152 or 162 delegate votes? The article says both. (Also, does anyone know how many delegate votes are possible? It might be nice to be able to say "152 (or 162) out of _____ available delegate votes."--TheOtherBob 21:52, 9 July 2007 (UTC)

I'd like to second this. As a non-American, 162 delegate votes doesn't mean much to me. Of course, I could go and look up other articles to find out, but I think it would improve the article if it explained whether this was a near miss, or if she was a long way behind. TheAstonishingBadger (talk) 09:40, 26 January 2008 (UTC)

It looks like she won 28 delegates during the primary process, then Hubert Humphrey released his black delegates to her at the 1972 convention (he had 93 black delegates and 97 black alternates) as some kind of anti-McGovern maneuver and as a gesture towards black leaders. She ended up with 152 delegates. I haven't found how that added up and don't feel likely to spend more time chasing it down, but it would be good if someone interested could research this more carefully. The article previously repeated the version given in various later popular press pieces that seem to have gotten the story oversimplified or wrong. (talk) 09:32, 8 June 2008 (UTC)

I know that in the 2008 election, 2000 or so delegates were up for grabs. (talk) 15:38, 9 October 2008 (UTC)

As daughter of a Caribbean immigrant[edit]

Was she the first Congress-person to be elected that was also the child of a Caribbean immigrant --or that was the child of an Anglophone Caribbean immigrant (as opposed to a Spanish-Caribbean immigrant)?Dogru144 01:48, 16 January 2007 (UTC)

This article refers to Chisholm as an African American. Her parents were West Indian immigrants. Not all American blacks are of African origin. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Zilpha99 (talkcontribs) 00:20, July 12, 2007 (UTC)

Guess where black "West Indians" came from ? :) - Darwinek 09:52, 12 July 2007 (UTC)

more pictures[edit]

hi my name is [elided] and me personaly i think there should be tons of pictures [of the subject] on this page

—The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 20:58, 19 February 2007 (UTC).

who was she[edit]

she was a beauti ful lady —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:55, 14 February 2009 (UTC)


Did she win a vise prendsident a women predsident i hope every body get this —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:57, 14 February 2009 (UTC)

Earlier candidates[edit]

I think this page might need to be corrected. Wikipedia states that there were several earlier female Democrat candidates for presidential nomination (starting in 1920 with Laura Clay and Cora Wilson Stewart, and in 1964 Fay T. Carpenter Swain): Zonkerette (talk) 11:10, 22 October 2012 (UTC)

Alleged "emasculating matriarch" headlines[edit]

The 1972 presidential campaign section includes this:

Many headlines constructed Chisholm as an emasculating matriarch with headlines such as the Boston Globe’s “Rep. Shirley Chisholm outflanks her black political brothers”.[1]
  1. ^ "Rep. Shirley Chisholm Outflanks Her Black Political Brothers". Boston Globe. November 30, 1971. 

I think this should be removed. Nothing is cited to support the characterization that this headline portrays her as an "emasculating matriarch". The source just shows that the headline existed

Does anyone disagree? -- Pemilligan (talk) 05:24, 4 February 2016 (UTC)

Done. -- Pemilligan (talk) 04:47, 10 February 2016 (UTC)
Thanks. That was added by a one-and-done editor a couple of years ago and the particular conclusion behind it is not supported by the Barbara Winslow biography or other accounts I've seen. Wasted Time R (talk) 11:03, 10 February 2016 (UTC)

Assessment comment[edit]

The comment(s) below were originally left at Talk:Shirley Chisholm/Comments, and are posted here for posterity. Following several discussions in past years, these subpages are now deprecated. The comments may be irrelevant or outdated; if so, please feel free to remove this section.

I strongly encourage anyone who wants to know more about Shirley Chisholm to do two things: 1) Read her 1970 autobiography, Unbought and Unbossed, which is excellent and very much bears the stamp of Ms. Chisholm's distinctive voice and 1) see the Shola Lynch documentary of the same title, which is well-made and in particular great for young people because of its visuals, strong content and great music. I grew up in New York City, now live in Oakland and was very imprinted by Ms. Chisholm's forceful, direct way of speaking and monumental courage. Bless her soul! -- Paula Parker, Oakland, CA209.129.161.251 23:41, 19 March 2007 (UTC)

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