Black women are the epitome of strength and boldness. Mix those traits with influential positions of power and you have nothing but a powerhouse that can change the world for Black inhabitants.
The following African-American women have no issues being vocal for the purposes of dispelling lies and advancing the lives of Black people. Although black women who are opinionated risk being labelled as “ghetto,” “loud,” “uncivilized,” and “unprofessional”, these outspoken politicians have taught us not to give a d***, and we love it!
Here they are:
- Maxine Waters
Ms. Waters is the fifth born out of 13 children to a single mother. Her career in public service was spearheaded as an instructor and volunteer for the national Headstart program. Subsequently, she became the Democratic Caucus Chair in the California State Assembly.
In 1990, she was elected to the House of Representatives. During the course of her 37 years of public service, she has advocated for women’s rights, the rights of people of color, international peace, economic advancement of minorities, and was an instrumental figure in the end of apartheid rule in South Africa.
Ms. Waters has dared to question President Trump’s dealings with the Russian government and the tactics of his current administration. She isn’t afraid to “reclaim her time” when she feels slighted during congress proceedings. Ms. Waters is everyone’s favorite fair and outspoken aunt.
- Kamala Harris
Born to an Indian-American mother and African-American father in Oakland, California, Ms. Harris was exposed to the plights of Black and immigrant Californians. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Howard University then gained a law degree from the University of California, Hastings. Subsequently, Ms. Harris began her law and political career by working in the Alameda County District Attorney’s office.
As the newly appointed District Attorney of the City and County of San Francisco in 2003, she spearheaded a program for initial drug reprobates to earn viable employment and their high school diploma. Ms. Harris reached a pinnacle portion of her career when she was instituted as the first African-American Attorney General in California; in this capacity, she has gone after corporations for wrong-doing to consumers, fought for homeowners plagued by mortgage crisis, which resulted in these consumers being forced to foreclose on their abodes due to issuance of faulty loans, and was instrumental in the prosecution of dangerous gangs responsible for drug, human, and weapon trafficking.
Attorney General Harris continues to fight for veterans, service members, and their families, disenfranchised individuals, and human rights issues that affect the citizens of California. Meekness is not an option when your agenda is to change the world for the less fortunate.
- Frederica Wilson
The only congresswoman with a cowboy hat as part of her daily attire, when you see her coming you know serious business is about to ensue. Ms. Wilson was born to the late Mr. and Mrs. Smith – proud civil rights activists and business owners who taught her the value of empowerment through advocacy and economic power. Ms. Wilson earned her Bachelors of science degree in elementary education and Masters of science degree in the before mentioned discipline.
Before her 2013 induction in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congresswoman Wilson was an educationalist, school administrator, state policymaker, and community board member to iterate the least. This spirited advocate has worked to establish significant resources and rights for young men and boys of color, felons, women of Haitian descent who experienced gender violence, low-income families, and individuals; she boldly championed with Florida state governor Jeb Bush to remove Confederate flags from the state capitol, and founded the Congressional Black Caucus’s “My Brother’s Keeper” Task Force and 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project which both aim to change the course of lives for young men and youths of color.
Interestingly, Ms. Wilson has also fought for the return held by Nigerian schoolgirls by the Boko Haram regime in Nigeria. Congresswoman Wilson made American headlines when she challenged President Trump on controversial and insensitive comments he made to the widow of Sgt La David T. Johnson; who was killed in action while serving on a military mission in Niger.
These women aren’t only making headlines for deciding to veer into politics; an often male-dominated field nevertheless are taking clear stances and calling for positive change in the lives of Africans in the diaspora and worldwide.
Reclaiming my time – Maxine Waters pic.twitter.com/bSj2IXspYE
— stephen lopez (@chetmanley76) December 15, 2017
— Candace Walker (@candaceconvo) October 24, 2017