You Don't Make Progress By Standing On The Sidelines

Shirley Chisholm

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"You don't make progress by standing on the side-lines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress my implementing ideas."

Shirley Chisholm (1924-2005) was an American politician. In 1968, she became the first Black woman elected to the U.S. Congress.

In the 1972 U.S. presidential election, Chisholm became the first Black candidate for a major party's nomination for President of the United States, and the first woman to run for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination, as well as the first woman to appear in a United States presidential debate.

In 2015, Chisholm was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Nikol Chen (she/her)

Digital Content Manager, Laidlaw Foundation

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I am originally from Kazakhstan and I studied Human Sciences at UCL. My final research explored the potential effects of design on patient wellbeing in hospitals, and I also took modules such as Ethnographic Documentary Filmmaking, Anthropology of the Built Environment, Art in the Public Sphere, and other less interesting-sounding things :)

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