A historic number of women of color are running for public office in today’s election. At least 255 women are on the ballot as congressional candidates, including a record number of women of color. In Georgia, Stacey Abrams hopes to become the state’s first black governor—and the country’s first black woman governor. Meanwhile in New Mexico, Deb Haaland could become the nation’s first Native American woman to serve in Congress. Amid a rash of racist ads by Abrams’s opponent Brian Kemp, there is something “deeply transformational about the electoral organizing and the campaign that Stacey Abrams represents,” says Aimee Allison, president of Democracy in Color and founder of She the People.
For many, the fight against Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation was about more than a seat on the Supreme Court. It was a test of how far the conversation about sexual violence has come in the year since survivors began raising their voices.
Kavanaugh vehemently denied the allegations. But supporters of #MeToo say the Senate's vote to confirm Kavanaugh showed just how little the institutions of the American government have been touched by the cultural shift taking place in other realms of society.
An ugly history repeated itself when a woman stood before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 27 to testify that U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her 36 years ago.
Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University in California, said in her testimony that in 1982, Kavanaugh tried to force himself on her at a party in Maryland when they were both teenagers.
One out of every three women nominees for Congress this year — across parties — are women of color. Read that again. And again, and again. While each of these electoral wins have been "surprising," "startling," and even "shocking" to the white, male establishment, one out of every three is no anomaly. Our democracy should reflect our demography. This is what our democracy is supposed to look like.
Women of color are running in record numbers, voting in record numbers, and are now poised to make substantive change to the makeup of our political institutions. They are amongst the best political minds of this (and any) generation, and they have already changed the game in American politics. This is the new normal.
At the recent She the People summit in San Francisco, hundreds of women clapped and cheered as the organization’s founder, Aimee Allison, ran through a list of women of color who she said are bringing excitement to the 2018 elections.
“It’s Stacey Abrams, who will be the first black woman governor in history, (in) Georgia," Allison said. "It’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who beat a 10-term Democrat in New York." The list went on.
The one where Taz goes to She the People.The #GoodMuslimBadMuslim monthly podcast featuring Tanzila "Taz" Ahmed and Zahra Noorbakhsh is about the good and the bad of the American Muslim female experience. But you know, satirically & disturbingly hilarious.
“Forget the waves, we’re going to own the ocean!”
While the shameful GOP sideshow over an abject Supreme Court nominee was taking place in D.C., a revolutionary moment in American history was occurring in San Francisco.
This week a dream of mine came true, and it wasn’t just my dream, it was the dream of all of our godmothers. On September 20, 2018, I launched the first-ever national summit of women of color in politics. The sold-out inaugural She the People Summit, held in the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco, drew nearly 600 attendees, mostly women of color, from 36 states.