50 yrs ago, Shirley Chisholm began her service as the first Black woman in Congress.
She was often frozen out by men and alienated by the feminist movement.
Chisholm's courage helped create a pathway for the 20 Black women in Congress today. https://t.co/Uu45fFC8aa
— Kristen Clarke (@KristenClarkeJD) July 7, 2019
Rep. Chisholm, and Bella Abzug, were my first IRL political heroes when I was in high school. “In 1972, she became the first black candidate for a major party’s nomination for President of the United States, and the first woman to run for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, as well as the first ever woman (of any race) to appear in a United States presidential debate.”
It’s not just Black women she inspired / motivated, either! From the NYTimes, “Warren and Harris Rise in Democratic Primary, Challenging Male Front-Runners”
… “I want someone who I know will stand up, that has a backbone,” Ms. Krerowicz said, suggesting that Ms. Warren and Ms. Harris could perhaps form a ticket. “They’re both very, very strong women. I would love to see them together, but I think Elizabeth has the experience.”
In the span of just a few weeks, voters like Ms. Krerowicz have pushed the race into a new, highly uncertain phase, propelling a pair of women toward the top of the Democratic pack at the expense of the onetime front-runners, Mr. Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
Neither woman is yet in a position to take control of the race. Mr. Biden and Mr. Sanders retain considerable advantages, most notably the backing they enjoy among working-class voters and their significant financial reserves. Mr. Biden, 76, is still the clear front-runner, and both he and Mr. Sanders, 77, are not likely to see their support simply melt away.
But recent polls, and interviews with voters in the early primary and caucus states over the last week, found that Ms. Harris and Ms. Warren had plainly broken through, drawing on a deep hunger within the Democratic electorate for big ideas and groundbreaking female leadership…
— Mia Brett (@QueenMab87) July 7, 2019
Gonna be another busy week, like it or not; remember the long game, and try to hang on to your sense of humor…
create a new position: vice-vice president
just for rapinoe
Warren/Harris/Rapinoe and Rap’s job is just to go to rallies and places & fuck shit up
— Prof. Book Learnin’ ?? (@PhD_femme) July 7, 2019