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.