From improving laws addressing domestic violence in Western Asia, successful campaigns for equal pay in women's pro sports in Latin America, to women’s critical leadership during the global pandemic - and let’s not forget our vice president’s mighty acceptance speech “While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last” - I can’t help but feel hopeful on this 8th of March.
The record number of women serving in US Congress suddenly gave me a new pillar of confidence, because representation matters and matters greatly, but also because when a woman thrives she empowers and unites all women around her.
So, being the advocate that I am when it comes to empowering other women, I would like to share with you some inspiring ladies working in politics that got me fangirling in the most deserving way.
For starters, not only Kamala Harris shattered barriers that have kept men entrenched at the highest levels of American politics to this day, but her office also announced an all-women senior communications team, a first for the White House.
Into the bargain, our favorite squad composed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan were reelected and will continue to advocate for a more equitable world in great style.
Delaware’s Sarah McBride became the first-ever transgender state senator while Mauree Turner won their election for state House in Oklahoma’s 88th district, making history as the first Muslim person elected to the state’s legislature and the first openly non-binary person ever elected to a state legislature in the United States.
Last but definitely not least, Michele Rayner-Goolsby became the first openly queer Black woman state legislator in Florida, just as Cori Bush made history by becoming the first Black woman elected to Congress from Missouri.
On this 8 of march, I enjoy the fact that these women will march along with many others that paved the way (yes, I’m talking about you, Stacey Abram ♡) and will continue to change the face of US politics, fighting for equality and inspiring other women to join the parade.
And I’m very happy to report that our very own Desiree Ontiveros has joined the political sphere running for Congress. I’m certain that she will be as fierce and driven in that big seat as she is running her small business. She wants to build a thriving and equitable economy, protect our culture and communities AND fight for equitable justice for all. It is about Louisiana's 2nd Congressional District and its livelihood, but it is also about all of us thriving together along the way.
Happy international women's month. Together we rise!