In the nearly 30 years since Shirley Chisholm became the first African American woman elected to Congress, only 14 other women of color have followed her. This book provides in-depth profiles of those women with descriptive biographies of each, including their legislative triumphs and personal challenges. Gill, a print and broadcast journalist who was a member of the Congressional Press Gallery, begins each profile with a "rsum" that outline the subject's vital statistics; educational, professional, and political backgrounds; and congressional data. The profiles offer objective evaluations of the congresswomen's abilities, personalities, strengths, and weaknesses and tell of the many obstacles each of them overcame to reach such a high level of government. An appendix lists the names and dates of all African Americans who have served in Congress, and there is an extensive bibliography. These features make this work a potentially valuable reference tool. Recommended for public and academic libraries.Jill Ortner, SUNY at Buffalo Libs.