Female Politicians You Can Support This Upcoming Election.
Updated: Dec 18, 2019
These powerful ladies are making waves, and we are paying attention.
The Importance of Women in Politics
The are currently 107 women filling seats in the US Congress. 107 out of 535. That puts the representation of women at 23%. However, women make up 50.8% of the US population, meaning that there is no reason that our representation in the US congress should at least hold a 50% rate in 2018.
Why? The US Congress holds hearings to inform the legislative process, conducts investigations to oversee the executive branch, and is supposed to serve as the voice of the people-- therefore should more accurately reflect our US population.
To better lock in that point, 31% of our US population are white males yet 65% of congress are white males. Again, people that represent 31% of our US demographic are representing 65% of our voice.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — (Running for) House Representative
a young activist, woman of color and new to the political scene Alexandria Ocasio Cortez has unseated leading House Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley in New York's 14th Congressional District.
A couple key beliefs this powerhouse holds:
Medicare-for-all: A bill introduced by Bernie Sanders meaning an opt in single-payer health insurance, a national government-run program that covered every American and replaced private coverage entirely, similar to the government-run health care programs in Canada and some European countries.
Federal Job Guarantee: a concept supporting that everyone should be entitled to a good job, one that pays at least $15 an hour and comes with benefits such as health care, family leave policies and child care.
The program would be administered at a local level, with federal funding, and jobs would be fitted to people, not the other way around.
Abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement: ICE has been a heavy topic over the past year. Cracking down on immigration laws in the past year and a half has led to separated families, and lethal danger.
Stacy Abrams- (Running for) Governor
Stacy Abrams is in a neck and neck race into becoming Georgia's first female Governor. Raised to be a hard working, compassionate, and all around leader-- Stacy's core values have resonated with Georgians. She's an attorney, an author and a serial entrepreneur.
Couple key beliefs:
Affordable Housing: If elected Stacy will create a State Affordable Housing Trust Fund to support communities as they work towards affordable housing solution and end veteran homelessness
Gun Safety: In order to support gun safety Abram's will fight for common-sense gun reforms including universal background checks, repeal of campus carry, and extreme-risk protection orders. Support protections and services for victims of domestic violence, and mental health. Support community and hospital programs to stop the cycle of gun violence
Advanced Energy and Healthy Environments: These steps include investing in advanced and renewable energy through a Georgia Green Bank and other initiatives. Say no to drilling off of our Georgia coastline. Fighting for clean water and keep communities safe from coal ash. Standing for environmental justice to ensure that communities of color and low-income communities are not disproportionately impacted by industrial and commercial projects.
Kristi Noem- (Running for) Governor
Kristi Noem could very well become South Dakota's first female Governor. When Kristi was taking college courses her father was killed in a farming accident. As the family was still suffering from their loss, they were hit with the death tax, which impacted almost every decision they made for a decade. It also became one of her motivations to get involved in politics.
A couple key beliefs Noem holds are:
Enhance the Department of Tribal Relations: The Department of Tribal Relations is an important tool state and tribal governments can use to build dialogue around areas of common ground. The Secretary of Tribal Relations will be an integral member of my cabinet, serving as an ambassador to tribal communities. In office she will seek to further enhance the Department’s relationship with tribal members, employing pro-active Tribal Constituent Service Representatives, providing them with sufficient training, and instilling a culture of customer service.
Implement research-based meth prevention programs: Drug overdoses are the leading cause of death among Americans under age 50. In South Dakota, drug use, including methamphetamine use, is rising dramatically. In fact, drug arrests hit their highest point in a decade last year. Kristi will work to expand evidence-based education and prevention programs.
Fighting Human Trafficking: Noem plans to hold sex trafficking perpetrators responsible whether its for those who sell, buy, or market trafficking victims for sex. Further more Noem wants to aid Sex Trafficking victims by punishing perpetrators with a hefty fine and using that money to supply victims with medical and mental health services, housing, childcare and other related expenses.
Kyrsten Simena- (Running for) Senator
From living in poverty and homelessness as a child to becoming Arizona State Legislator Krysten Simena has worked hard to achieve all she is today. She's currently a representative for Arizona’s Ninth Congressional District for the past three terms, and has become known for her unflinching willingness to stand up to the party establishment. She would become the first openly bisexual candidate to be elected to the upper chamber and the state’s first female senator if she wins in November
Fixing a Broken Congress: Kyrsten was ranked the third most independent member of Congress. Kyrsten supports the No Budget, No Pay bill that says if Congress doesn’t pass a budget, they shouldn’t get paid. She voted against her own pay raise and cosponsored legislation to dock pay for members of Congress who engage in bad behavior.
Protecting Women and Children: In Arizona, Kyrsten passed laws to increase penalties on sex traffickers and empower law enforcement to crack down on predators. Kyrsten stood up for kids by working with her colleagues across the aisle to expand the critically important AMBER Alert system to tribal lands in Arizona and across the U.S. She also successfully led a bipartisan effort to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. She stands up for women’s health clinics like Planned Parenthood and opposes efforts to let employers deny workers coverage for basic health care like birth control.
Medicare and Social Security: She stands up for women’s health clinics like Planned Parenthood and opposes efforts to let employers deny workers coverage for basic health care like birth control. She’s also protected seniors’ hard-earned savings from financial fraud by introducing bills like the Senior Safe Act, which was signed into law in 2018.
Overall, there are 184 female candidates running for office this November. Out of those candidates 12 are favored to win but 56 are in need of your support. For the record, I am not simply saying that you should just support these women simply because they are women; but do some of your own research. Each of these women represent different views and priorities, they are capable of being your voice for these views, and they're also damn qualified.