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Off the Beaten Path: Barrier-Breaking Politician Carol Moseley-Braun

Becoming a lawyer is not the only path you can take after graduating from law school. Every Monday we bring you the story of a former lawyer or law student who has taken an unusual or unique career path.

Carol Moseley-Braun, a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School,  is an esteemed attorney who is most famous for breaking down gender and race barriers as a politician. Moseley-Braun was the first and only African-American woman to ever be elected to the United States Senate. On top of that, she was the only African-American woman to be elected as a democrat, the first woman to defeat an incumbent senator in an election and the first and only female senator from Illinois.  From 1999 to 2001, she was the United States Ambassador to New Zealand, and in 2010, she began a campaign to become mayor of Chicago but lost to Rahm Emanuel in 2011.

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