Essay on Shirley Chisholm : Race For Equality

1002 Words Feb 13th, 2016 5 Pages
Shirley Chisholm: Race for Equality
Today, women and minorities have a wide variety of professions they can pursue; but it was not always that way. Before the Civil Rights Movement, they, especially black people, were bound to a stereotypical or subservient role in society without the right to voice their opinions. Some, however, did take a stand to fight for equal rights against all odds. These people were called Civil Rights activists and many became leaders. Among the many famous pioneers such as Martin, Malcolm, and Angela, was a woman who endeavored and ran her own race for equality – Shirley Chisholm. Shirley Chisholm was a powerful Civil and Women’s Rights pioneer who valued education, believed in equality, and was never afraid to speak her feelings.
The importance of education played a major role in the life of Shirley Chisholm. As a little girl, she was sent to live with her grandmother on a farm in the Barbados. Her experiences on the farm in addition to studying in the Barbadian school system gave her a “well rounded education.” This was because they both expounded on a powerful trait that later became prevalent throughout Chisholm’s life; determination. Her ability to excel in class while enduring the heartbreak of separation from her parents exhibited extreme courage and the mental willpower to accomplish her goals. The cathartic effect of immersing herself into her studies showed her that education was the liberator that overcame almost any obstacle in her…

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