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Sept 11

Shirley Chisholm

In 1969, I wrote a cover story for the N.Y. Times Magazine on Shirley Chisholm, who had just become the first black woman elected to Congress.  Doubleday's children's division then asked me to write a short book on Chisholm for young readers.  This was my first experience with writing anything longer than magazine article size.  I remembered gasping when I reached page 50. This was the start of my career as an author of books. 

Chisholm, who made a run for the presidency in 1972,  always said that she faced more discrimination as a woman than she did as a black person.