"Defining myself, as opposed to being defined by others, is one of the most difficult challenges I face." -Carol Moseley Braun (August 16, 1947 - ) Carol Elizabeth Moseley Braun is an American feminist politician and lawyer who represented Illinois in the United States Senate from 1993 to 1999. She was the first and, to date, only African-American woman elected to the United States Senate, the first woman to defeat an incumbent senator in an election, and the first and to date only female Senator from Illinois. She currently runs a private law firm, Carol Moseley Braun LLC in Chicago. She also launched a line of organic food products called Ambassador Organics. Find more inspirational quotes here. Find many more inspirational African related items and articles here.