In announcing her presidential run last year, California Senator Kamala Harris included nods to Chisholm’s leadership, using the slogan “For the People” and a red-and-yellow color scheme that echoed some of Chisholm’s campaign materials.
In winning her seat, she beat out a male rival who had once mocked her as being only a “little schoolteacher.”In Congress, Chisholm fought sexism and racism.
But Chisholm campaign worker Jo Freeman said, in her written history of the campaign, that Chisholm ran “to give a voice to the people the major candidates were ignoring.”
To date, 47 Black women have served in the U.S. House of Representatives.
And in the nation’s 100 largest cities, 10 women of color serve as mayors, including in the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C.