9 Real Female Politicians To Consider Before You Make That Vote For #Oprah2020
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9 Real Female Politicians To Consider Before You Make That Vote For #Oprah2020

As an Oprah fan, this changed my vote.

9 Real Female Politicians To Consider Before You Make That Vote For #Oprah2020
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After watching Oprah's Golden Globes speech, I was hoping to see her name on the ballot in 2020. With Trump in the Oval Office, I treat each day as if we were on the verge of nuclear war. To think that Oprah was running for president made me look forward to the next couple years instead of fear for them.

I've watched Oprah all my life in part because of my mom who would watch her show every day when I got out of school. I was open to any celebrity becoming president, as long as it wasn't Trump (even a Dwayne Johnson and Tom Hanks ticket.) Believe me, I am an Oprah fan, but there are so many other women in public service who deserve our time more than celebrities.

1. Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams)

I first saw Stacey Abrams on “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.” Before this point, I was persuaded by Oprah’s speech. If Oprah ran for president, I would have been the first person in line voting for her. Seeing Stacey completely changed my opinion.

She is Georgia’s State House Minority Leader, lawyer and distinguished author of eight romantic suspense novels. In 2010, she became the first woman to ever lead the Georgia General Assembly and the first African American to lead the House of Representatives.

And you thought Oprah would be the first to break those barriers.

Voter registration is a huge issue, so she founded the New Georgia Project, which registered 200,000 voters of color from 2014 to 2016. She is a candidate for the Georgia primary election, which will take place on May 22.

She will hopefully break even more barriers for the Georgia gubernatorial election on November 6, 2018. If elected, she will be the first ever African American female governor in American history.

2. Rosa Clemente (@rosaclemente)

Rosa Clemente is a journalist, scholar on the Afro-Latinx identity and Hip-Hop Activist. In 2008, she ran in the U.S. election for Green Party Vice President, with Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney as her running mate. The two were the first women of color to ever run in American History.

She is the founder of the National Hip-Hop Political Convention, which brings together activists to combat the injustices of black youth culture. She is also the founder and president of Know Thy Self Productions, which hits on issues such as immigrants’ rights, the importance of voting among minority youth and healthcare as well as race relations.

3. Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand)

Kirsten Gillibrand is a New York senator who is famous for her overwhelming persistence in office. She held a position in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Clinton administration.

Despite running against a Republican incumbent for Congress in 2006, Gillibrand won on her promises for universal health care and ending the war in Iraq. She holds a high regard for ethics in the workplace, most importantly, the need for equal pay for equal work and medical leave programs.

For the 2012 New York Senate election, Gillibrand not only won but received 72 percent of the vote. This broke a new record of the highest percentage of the vote received by a statewide candidate.

She does not step down when it comes to sexual misconduct and is a champion for women's rights. She was the first in her caucus to call for Senator Al Franken to resign, she was the first Democrat to call for Bill Clinton’s resignation during his allegations in the nineties and she has repeatedly called out Trump for his allegations of sexual misconduct.

4. Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard)

Tulsi Gabbard has been a U.S. Representative for Hawaii’s second congressional district since 2013. She held a position as vice-chair of the Democratic National Committee until 2016 when she resigned to endorse Bernie Sanders as the Democratic nominee for the presidential election.

She was only 21 when she began her political career in 2002, in which she became the youngest elected official to the Hawaii state legislature. She held her position in the Hawaii House of Representatives from 2002 to 2004.

Like politics wasn’t tough enough, Gabbard enlisted in the Hawaii National Guard in 2004 and was deployed to Iraq in the next year. She was part of the 29th Support Battalion medical company and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for her outstanding work.

After returning to the U.S. in 2006, she not only worked as an aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka but also attended Accelerated Officer Candidate School at the Alabama Military Academy.

There, she became the first woman to graduate with the highest honor of her class. She was deployed again in 2009 and held positions as Military Police Platoon Leader and Primary Trainer for the Kuwait National Guard.

As if it is even possible, she broke even more records. She was the first woman to step into a Kuwait military facility and was the first woman to be awarded by the Kuwait National Guard for her success in the training and readiness program.

By the time she was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012, she became the first American Samoan and Hindu member of the U.S. Congress, as well as one of the first two female combat veterans to serve in Congress.

5. Tammy Baldwin (@tammybaldwin)

In 2012, Tammy Baldwin was elected as the first openly gay politician and Wisconsin woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate. She works closely with college students to create laws that assist them with refinancing student loans and getting lower interest rates. She implemented The Red Act in 2016 that works toward making college debt free for future generations.

Her love for younger generations is so strong. She is the co-chair of the Career and Technical Education Caucus, which spreads the need for CTE and STEM education as well as prepares people for the workforce.

Baldwin also has a passion for the aging population. She grew up being raised by her grandparents and acted as her grandmother’s primary caregiver. To continue that care for other families, she sponsored and passed the RAISE Family Caregivers Act in the Senate.

6. Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris)

Kamala Harris is California’s attorney general, and she could seriously give Oprah a run for her money. She works toward fighting the truancy crisis and stands together with Black Lives Matter. Harris enforced the initiative for marriage equality early on. In 2008, she refused to endorse California’s Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in California. In 2011, she asked a federal appeals court to lift the state’s ban on gay marriage.

Harris is no stranger to making history either. She is California’s first woman, African American and Indian American to become attorney general. Like Oprah, she has some famous friends. Both Obama and Joe Biden endorsed Kamala Harris for Senate when they left office. She also gets support from the likes of Dianne Feinstein, Chuck Schumer, Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand.

7. Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar)

Amy Klobuchar was the first woman elected to represent Minnesota in the U.S. Senate. She is also one of only three Slovenian-Americans in the U.S. Senate.

Klobuchar is a proud mother and is an advocate for mothers across the U.S. She successfully passed Minnesota's first felony DWI law, which earned her an award from Mothers Against Drunk Driving. She was one of the first to lead a law that granted new mothers and their babies 48-hour hospital stays.

She is a champion for women across all spectrums. This includes her initiatives to end sexual assault in the military and her efforts to preserve victims’ records. In 2013, she received an award from the Service Women’s Action Network for her fight to end sexual assault on the front lines.

Not only is she actively engaged, but Klobuchar is passing laws more successfully than her male counterparts. Last year, Klobuchar ranked number one for the number of laws passed and sent to the president’s desk. By President Obama’s last term, she sent him 27 bills compared to then-Senator Franken’s 22 bills sent to the president.

8. Paulette Jordan (@PauletteEJordan)

Paulette Jordan is a state representative of Idaho and member of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe. At only 37-years-old, she is running to be governor of Idaho. If elected, she will become the first Native American senator in U.S. history. Jordan is proud of her Native American roots, so much so that she became the youngest member of her tribe’s council.

She holds a high regard for Mother Earth thanks to her family’s values and incorporates her environmentalism into her policies. Jordan’s goal is to preserve federal lands and national monuments, much to Trump’s dismay, which she has publicly criticized him on. The president’s focus on oil drilling and big business go against her elders’ vision of the world and she is determined to protect their home.

Although Jordan considers herself a progressive Democrat, Idaho hasn’t elected a Democratic governor since 1990. Considering Doug Jones’ win in Alabama, anything is possible.

9. Jess Phoenix (@jessphoenix2018)

Jess Phoenix is a candidate for California’s 25th Congressional District. Jess is not your average politician. She is only 35 years old, trains horses on her ranch, is part of the LGBTQ community and to top it all off, is a volcanologist.

Don’t let her age or fiery hair and cowboy boots fool you. She has as much common sense and knowledge, if not more, than any other 70-year-old in congress. She created her own nonprofit, Blueprint Earth, which provides research for studying Earth’s seven biomes. For this project, Jess has gone to Iceland, Hawaii and even Peru.

Her campaign is a grassroots movement focused on diversity, inclusivity and peace. She has likened it to her love of Star Trek, which captured all three ideals. It is no surprise that Star Trek actors have shown their support for her campaign.

The Democrat hopes she can implement her passion for the environment if elected. Jess’ campaign is all thanks to in part by 314 action, a nonprofit created by fellow scientist Shaughnessy Naughton to encourage those in the STEM community to join politics.

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