Black Women continue to shape the discourse in the United States. Here are four who are shaping a new politics
Black women have emerged in the last few elections and have proved themselves to be the engine of change in this country.
I probably could pick 400 women or 4000 women but four women stick out for me right now:
Alexandria Ocasio Cortez
The young Congresswomen from New York changed the political conversation in the United States and in the Democratic Party.
In the November 2018 election, the then 29 year old bartender from the Bronx, won the 14th Congressional District in New York City and unseated Democratic Caucus Chair, Joe Crowley.
AOC, brought a progressive vision to the Democratic Party and proposed a “Green New Deal” and other progressive policies focused on working families and the working class.
When long time Georgia legislator, Stacey Abrams controversially lost to Brian Kemp in the Georgia Governor’s race in 2018, she took the words of the famous union martyr, Joe Hill to heart: “Don’t mourn, organize.”
Abrams, through her organization, Fair Fight, got 800,000 more Georgians to register and it helped Joe Biden carry the state of Georgia in the 2020 Presidential election and force run-offs in both pending U.S. Senate races.
Elected U.S. Senator from California in 2018, Kamala Harris, quickly rose her profile.
By July 2018, rumor was she was considering a run for the office of President. She announced her run on January 19, 2019.
While her run for President was unsuccessful, it raised her profile even further and she was always considered to be a possible Vice President pick no matter who was the nominee.
When Joe Biden selected Harris, funding for Biden’s campaign soared. Harris, now the VP-elect, will be the first woman VP, first Black woman VP, and first Indian-American VP.
Cori Bush was elected to U.S. Congress this election to represent the district that covers St. Louis, and Ferguson, MO.
Bush joins the political fight after serving as a medic during the Ferguson protests in 2014 that launched the current movement for Black lives and change in the U.S.
A Black Lives Matter activist, her rise is similar to AOC; she was just an ordinary citizen who felt a need to get involved and bring the issues to bear on society.
There are many other women, of course, of other racial backgrounds and ethnicities, who are changing (and have changed) the conversation across the country.
Sally Yates, former Acting Attorney General, for refusing to go along with Trump’s early legal ruthlessness.
Karen Bass, U.S. Congresswomen from California, continues to push for reform in police departments across the country to prevent police misconduct and violence.
Ilhan Omar, Congresswoman from Minnesota, for standing up openly to the racism of the administration and staying true to her values and her voters.
Marie Yovanovitch, U.S. diplomat in the Ukraine, for her courage during the impeachment hearings to just tell the truth in the midst of the exposure of a nasty effort by Rudy Guliani to attack a government worker for doing their job.
Gretchen Whitmer, Governor of Michigan since 2018, who has shown leadership and determination despite the attacks on her personally by Trump the last two years.
The list of women rising to the challenge is long. The future shows promise as women began to shape this society into not what men want but what they as women think is a truly fair and equal society:
Listen to Nina Simone’s “Four Women”