Unbought and Unbossed

“Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth,” Shirley Chisholm
In 1968, Shirley Chisholm made history by becoming the United States’ first Black congresswoman. Just four years later, she became the first woman and the first Black person to run for the Democratic nomination for the presidency of the United States. Chisholm was known for her outspoken, no-nonsense approach to social change. 191px-Shirley-Chisholm-for-PresidentHer popular campaign slogan “unbought and unbossed” supported that Chisholm’s campaign was driven by everyday citizens working to make a difference – the unbought and unbossed. She ran for Congress and won, during a time when it was unheard of for women, more specifically a Black woman, to hold such significant political office. She defied the odds.
The Challenge!
Are you or someone you know living out Shirley Chisholm’s motto of being Unbought and Unbossed? Someone who works to improve society while thinking about the needs and perspectives of everyday citizens? Someone who understands the power of diverse voices?

Do you have a story about how you’ve taken action on an issue you’re passionate about? In a video, audio, or written piece, tell us about your advocacy efforts!

  • The time limit for video and audio pieces is 3 minutes. Video and audio pieces must be hosted on a shareable platform (YouTube, Vimeo, Soundcloud, etc.) to be considered. Video / audio submission should express creativity.
  • The word limit for written pieces is 400 words. (Written pieces can be emailed as a PDF file)

Selected submissions will be published on our blog and will be entered into our quarterly surprise sweepstakes drawing.

Submitting a piece does not guarantee you will be selected. We receive more submissions than we have the capacity to publish. You will be notified by email if your submission is selected.