Hi, wow!” she exclaims with an unbridled energy that seems both youthful and genuine--two adjectives an average American would be unlikely to employ if asked to describe “politician.”
If my future self would have told “1st grader Brooke” that she would be a public figure in Texas politics, little Brooke would’ve told my future self that she had spelled dentist wrong. Dreams can change through a matter of circumstance.
One of the new Congresswomen is an indigenous woman with a law background, one a Latinx woman who has firsthand experience in income inequality, another a Somali American who is a Democratic-Farmer-Labor party member, and another the founder of the Committee on Healthy Women, Families, and Communities.
Elected Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently pointed out that Congress allows lawmakers to trade large sums of money in stocks, yet prohibits these same individual from moving in with a friend free of charge.
The 19th Amendment to the U.S Constitution, which established voting rights for women in 1920, has certainly had a lasting effect on the political state of the U.S. Establishing this constitutional right for women resulted in increased government debt due to the progressive welfare policies that skyrocketed in the following decade.
In a recent global conference organized by the Abu Dhabi-based World Muslim Communities Council (WMCC) and the Nepal Muslim Women Welfare Society (NMWWS), Shama Al Daheri spoke on the role of women in the United Arab Emirates. Daheri, director of the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments, stated that Emirati women have been given numerous opportunities to empower themselves and advance themselves through their femininity.
Senator Joni Ernst has just confirmed her re-election bid for 2020, and she is telling others to join her in the fight. “Bring it on,” she proclaimed to reporters last Friday. Ernst is credited as the first Iowa woman elected to Congress, and was recently elected as vice chairwoman of the Senate Republican office (and is the first woman to hold this position since 2010)
The Swiss Parliament has just elected two more women into government, which solidifies three female ministers currently present in office. Karin Keller-Sutter of the pro-business Free Democrats and Viola Amherd of the socially conservative Christian Democrats were elected in a secret ballot in Parliament.
Thousands of Israeli women joined forces last week to protest the violence that women in the country face and force the government to bring this topic into awareness. Over 50 women’s organizations in Israel brought these women together to bring awareness to the topic, regardless of religion or social status.
Former U.S Senator Al Franken posted a heartfelt Thanksgiving message on Facebook where he exclaimed his support for women and the #MeToo movement.
There were a record number of women elected to Maine’s State Legislature on Election Day. Over 72 female politicians were elected to office in 2018, surpassing the 2017 record of 64 women. Among the 2,000 women who will work for the U.S legislature in 2019, Maine reports the highest percentage of women involved in politics.
With the impending government of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, a left-wing candidate, many have speculated how abortion rights will be affected in his time as president. This is partly because Olga Sanchez Cordero, his future interior minister, received both praise and criticism after her publicized support for abortion rights. Her support sparked controversy from conservative candidates because Lopez Obrador did not actively support this.
A recent review showed that female citizens of Wyoming earn an average of 32 cents less than their male counterparts, which is the largest pay gap reported in the U.S. The root cause has been disputed, and many believe that women simply aren’t paid enough for their equal labor.
Morgan Lamandre, a Louisiana mother of two, is in the midst of a legal battle with the Louisiana State Board after she requested to use campaign donations for the care of her two children as she runs for office.
In a turn of events, a federal judge struck down a Mississippi abortion ban that would prohibit any abortion after 15 weeks, explicitly stating that this ban is unlawful for women in the state. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves carried out the action and stated that this ban was a subtle attempt to dismantle Roe Vs. Wade, which is under constant pressure to be torn down from conservative lawmakers.
During this election season, many revolutionary women were elected to the House. However, these women only make up one quarter of the entire population in Congress. Researchers have speculated that establishing a quota may be the answer to resolving gender equity for female politicians in the U.S., but some are critical of this idea, believing that representation in the House is largely dependent on whoever is in charge to begin with.
In an opinion article from the Washington Post, columnist Alexandra Petri discussed the importance of having women in government because they help elevate the economic, social, and political state of other women. However, according to Petri, women such as Nancy Pelosi have done little in the fight for justice, and we need new faces who will truly change the tides for gender discourse in this country.
In the aftermath of the midterm election, newly elected congresswomen have joined forces over social media to express their own unity. Many speculate this is a tactic to show that female politicians aren’t against each other but instead support their female peers.
The Trump administration has been subtly using tactics to decrease women’s birth-control access. Recently, they’ve released a final notice for insurance providers to allow employers to opt out of health insurance that provides birth control to women.
In last week’s midterm election, there were a number of ‘firsts’ for various female political candidates. For example, female candidates such as Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland became the first Native American women to be elected to Congress. Other candidates have become the first female senators in their predominantly conservative states, such as Marsha Blackburn from Tennessee.
Influential American drag queen RuPaul discussed the influence that drag queens have on #MeToo and Donald Trump. The stories of drag performers being sexually assaulted or ridiculed are too numerous to count, and that makes their voices important within the #MeToo movement.
Women made strides at this year’s US elections. 31 new women have been elected to the House of Representatives, meaning the House is now comprised of at least 95 women. In addition, many states added other female representatives to their legislative rosters.
Carmen Lawrence, the first woman to hold the title of WA Premier and leader of the state, has said to ABC news that she thought her time in government would leave a lasting impact for all women for decades to come. However, it seems as though there is still a long journey ahead for women to climb the same ladder she did 25 years ago.
There’s a lot to fix, so pop in your headphones, get your ballot ready, and blast these feminist tunes.