Despite the current political climate women have come to the forefront of the election ballot. Within the past year, there has been an increase in the number of women running for and winning spaces in office. This new spectrum of women entering politics provides political offices with not only another gender, but it also brings diversity with varying races, religions, and ages.
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Many of these women are on the cusp of making history when they enter office. The representation they are supplying only supports the concept that women are necessary and vital government. The current state of the country has inspired many to be the change they want to see. And with such an influx of female energy in our political environment, we might just see that change. Here are ten women who are running for office and can serve as examples for your own campaign.
Nixon is running for governor in New York, her home state. She has recently transitioned from a thespian to a democratic politician. Nixon’s most well known stances are her criminal justice plan, which includes legalizing marijuana. She also hopes to raise taxes on the rich, a concept she believes has not been implemented by the current NY governor.
Abrams, a democrat, is running for governor in Georgia. She was the minority leader for Georgia’s House of Representatives and would be the first Black woman as governor in the U.S. Her run, like many this past year, has had a historic atmosphere.
Omar is a progressive state legislator from Minnesota. She is running in the Democratic primary in the 5th congressional district. Omar came to the United States as a Somalian refugee more than two decades ago. She would be the first Somalian-American member of congress.
Hayes is running in the 5th congressional district, potentially becoming the first Black Democrat to serve in Congress for the state of Connecticut. The former educator was named “National Teacher of The Year” by President Barack Obama in 2016.
Jordan is a Democrat running for Idaho governor. In addition to becoming Idaho’s first female governor, Jordan would also be the first Native American governor in the nation. She previously served in the House of Representatives and the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Council.
Haaland won the primary for New Mexico’s 1st congressional district, putting her on track to become the first Native American woman in Congress.
Ocasio-Cortez won the Democratic primary in New York’s 14th congressional district. She is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America. Her platform runs similarly to Bernie Sanders, and she proudly labels herself as a socialist.
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She is an Iraq War Air Force veteran and is running for a position in the U.S House of Representatives. If she were to win, she would be the first out lesbian, Filipina-American, and Iraq War veteran to represent Texas’ 23rd congressional district.
Roem is the first openly transgender person to be elected to the Virginia General Assembly. She was previously a journalist in Virginia, but the recent political climate inspired her to run.
Saad is running in Michigan for a seat in Congress. She formerly served in the Department of Homeland Security under the Obama administration. If elected, Saad would be the first Muslim-American woman to serve in Congress.
These women have shown that they couldn’t care less about a glass ceiling. They are challenging the misguided foundations of this country and proving what is possible. With such an assemblage of identities coming forth to be leaders, it is an example of the fruition of warriors who will challenge the fundamentals of our government. These women are only a sliver of what’s to come in the next couple of years as we see an inrush of the American identity being altered. Vote, stay educated, get inspired by these women, and maybe run for office yourself.
Olivia is a rising sophomore at Goucher College, majoring in Sociology with a minor in French. Her all-time favorite book is Another Country by James Baldwin. She can’t start her day without a cup of green tea and her favorite podcast The Read. She Steps up for the chance to create more representation for people of color in the media and share her perspective.