Shirley Chisholm: Catalyst for Change (Westview Press), by Barbara Winslow (SHS ´63)

barbarawinslow.jpgIn Professor Barbara Winslow´s biography: Shirley Chisholm: Catalyst for Change, Westview Press, she explores the life of a trailblazing feminist who was the first African American woman elected to Congress, and the first African American and the first woman to run for the Democratic nomination for the US presidency.  In an article reviewing the book in the Brooklyn Paper, Winslow states “this is the first really scholarly biography of Chisholm, it’s a historic look at her life and accomplishments and relies on materials that have not been used before.”

These include campaign materials and interviews with people who knew Chisholm, including former New York City Mayor David Dinkins, feminist and journalist Gloria Steinem, and even her hairdresser.Chisholm, widely unknown despite her being one of the most famous political figures in history, paved the way for Barack Obama, and who knows, maybe in 2016 for Hillary Clinton.   For further descriptions of this great read, check out Sam Robert´s review of Winslow´s book in the New York Times here.  Not-to-be-missed!