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Oprah Winfrey, then the new host of WLS-TV's morning talk show "AM Chicago." strikes a pose on State Street in 1984 for a Chicago Tribune photographer.

Oprah Winfrey, then the new host of WLS-TV's morning talk show "AM Chicago." strikes a pose on State Street in 1984 for a Chicago Tribune photographer.

Mae Jemison, the 1st black woman to fly in Space (1992). Jemison graduated with a dual degree in chemical engineering and African-American Studies and later obtained a Doctor of Medicine and travelled to developing countries to provide primary care

Mae Jemison, the 1st black woman to fly in Space (1992). Jemison graduated with a dual degree in chemical engineering and African-American Studies and later obtained a Doctor of Medicine and travelled to developing countries to provide primary care

Shirley Chisholm  After serving four years in the New York State Assembly, Shirley Chisholm ran successfully for Congress in 1968, becoming the first black woman elected to Congress. Her campaign slogan was “unbought and unbossed.” In 1969, as a member of the House of Representatives, she was a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus. In 1972, Chisholm was the first black woman in a major party (Democratic) to run for President of the United States

About Their Business: 7 Black Female Politicians Who Made History

Shirley Chisholm After serving four years in the New York State Assembly, Shirley Chisholm ran successfully for Congress in 1968, becoming the first black woman elected to Congress. Her campaign slogan was “unbought and unbossed.” In 1969, as a member of the House of Representatives, she was a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus. In 1972, Chisholm was the first black woman in a major party (Democratic) to run for President of the United States

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