Reader, I challenge you to a riddle: who makes up the majority of the American population, but is starkly underrepresented in the single-most important branch that makes decisions affecting our day-to-day reality?
C’mon’…I know you know it.
If you guessed women, congratulations! You recognize the fact that the United States has left men to be in charge of practically everything (and as you young intellectuals refer it to as the epitome of the patriarchy.) 80% of Congress is comprised of men and being that only one out of every five members of Congress is a woman, a female representative’s voice, let alone her vote, is largely silenced, dismissed and statistically eliminated. Male politicians, because of their majority standing, dominate the political conversation and inevitably dominate American policy and progress.
Being a politician isn’t an easy job, let alone being a woman in a somewhat unwelcoming realm. Yet women are fearless, strong, intelligent and at the end of the day, women are unstoppable. Women who reflect these characteristics are also reflected in our day-to-day politics.
Women are the future, and women are taking over Washington. Here are three politicians to follow throughout our feminist takeover-I mean, political discourse- who are making radical changes to not only our country and its policies, but the gender dynamic and strive towards equality of the nature of politics.
Politician: Maxine Waters
Position: U.S House of Representatives (D-CA)
- Being one of thirteen children in a single-mother home, Waters has been smashing stigmas and barriers her entire life, eventually becoming one of California’s leading representatives.
- Waters has been a vital activist in movements and strives towards racial equality including, but not limited to, the Rodney King verdict, asylum for Black Panther activists in Cuba and opposition to mandatory minimum sentences.
Quote: I am a strong black woman and I cannot be intimidated.
Politician: Sonia Sotomayor
Position: Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
- Justice Sotomayor was the first Latina sworn into the U.S Supreme Court.
- Raised in public housing in the Bronx, Sotomayor rose above social, economic and racial barriers to having a successful legal career.
- Sotomayor has consistently voted in favor of first amendment and civil rights cases, defending marginalized groups of people.
Quote: In every position that I’ve been in, there have been [those] who don’t believe I’m qualified or who don’t believe I can do the work. And I feel a special responsibility to prove them wrong.
Politician: Tammy Duckworth
Position: Junior Senator (D-IL)
- As an Iraq veteran, Senator Duckworth was distinguished with the Meritorious Service Medal for outstanding service as an armed force major. She was also awarded the Purple Heart in Iraq and became the first disabled female Senator, losing both of her legs in a propelled grenade attack during the war.
- Being born in Thailand, Senator Duckworth is the first Asian American woman elected to Congress in Illinois. She uses her immigrant story as a platform to advocate for a pathway towards citizenship for undocumented immigrants and entrance for Syrian refugees.
Quote: President Obama pushed for fairness in the military…on how to allow women to officially serve in more combat jobs. Because America’s daughters are just as capable of defending liberty as their sons!
Published by Emily Reyneri
Edited by Brittany Priore
Photo source Beyond My Front Door