Saturday, September 29, 2018

The Pink Wave

The rising pink wave and five women to watch.
TRUMP playing with his belt
I cherish women. I want to help women. I’m going to be able to do things for women that no other candidate would be able to do, and it's very important to me. - Donald Trump 
Pence is a smart choice [for VP] because I don't think women are getting the message that Trump could not care less about them. -  @JohnDeVore
Trump Bobble Head wearing a Pussy Hat "Donald Trump is the gift that keeps giving." Deborah Walsh
Women in Congress
29 Republican women and 78 Democratic women are members of the United States Congress 
84 women hold 19.3% of the seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and 23 of the 100 U.S. Senators are women. 
@DrVEnoch Tweet 24 sept 2018 tire slash
"It's a shame we can't feel secure participating in the democratic process." - @EnochForCongress
Dr. Vanessa Enoch
Dr. Vanessa Enoch was arrested in 2014. As part of her doctorate study and her work to ensure fairness within the criminal justice system and the jury selection process, she attended a pre-trial hearing and was arrested for recording video in the hallway. The footage was broadcast and she lost her job.The charges were dropped but her arrest motivated her run for Congress.
Vanessa Enoch for congress
Her platform focuses on poverty and homelessness.  
In 2003, she lost her job with General Electric when it was outsourced to India. She subsequently lost her home. She became a single mother of two daughters when her husband died in 2009. 
She is unlikely to win in the very red district against incumbent and member of the House Freedom Caucus, Warren Davidson.
Rep Warren Davidson Ohio Disabled vets are moochers and pretenders
Dr. Enoch's current home is now being foreclosed on. 
 Women of Color 
To date5 women of color have ever served in the U.S. Senate including powerhouses Kamala Harris (D-CA) Tammy Duckworth (D-IL).
Tammy Duckworth People want me to hide my wheelchair
In the U.S. House, 34 women of color hold 7.8% of the seats. Of the 7,383 state legislators, 6 are women of color and just 2 women of color have served as governors.
This year, an unprecedented 50 black women ran for Congress. 
Stacey Abrams
@staceyabrams, a Yale Law School graduate, is the first black female gubernatorial nominee in Georgia. 
Abramsmother called the family "genteel poor," meaning they watched PBS and read books but had no money.  
Her father, college-educated, worked in a Mississippi shipyard. When he couldn't pay the segregated school bus chargers, a very young Abrams worked for a neighbor so she could remain in school. 
"We can win the highest office in Georgia" Stacey Abrams Georgia Gubernatorial Campaign
Early in her tenure as a Georgia House Representative, she helped a Republican legislator explain the details of his bill. At the end of the hearing, she was the only one on the panel to vote against the bill. The Republican asked why had she helped.
"I said, 'Look, I think your bill is a bad idea. I just don’t think it should be bad law.' After that, Republicans would bring me their bills and ask me to look at them. They didn’t always agree with me, but they knew they could trust me, and not every disagreement has to become a battle."
"I got a big truck, just in case I need to round up criminal illegals and take them home myself." - Brian Kemp
Her opponent, Republican Brian Kemp, is known for his I'm-just-a-wacky-maverick style campaign ads featuring firearms and his large truck.
Ruth Bader Ginsberg, U.S. Supreme Court Justice. Girls should have the same opportunity
 Women Governors 
There have never been more than nine female governors at any given time.
This year, 16 women won gubernatorial primaries, while 45 others lost or dropped out.
"It's not just that I'm a woman of color running for office. It's the way that I ran. It's the way that my identity formed my methods. " - Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won the Democratic primary in New York's 14th congressional district.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old member of the Democratic Socialists of America, won the Democratic primary in New York's 14th congressional district. 
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, candidate for New York's 14th congressional district
An incredible upset, she was the first person since 2004 to challenge the Democratic Caucus ChairJoe Crowley, in the primary.  Ocasio-Cortez's campaign involved enormous grassroots outreach, offering campaign materials in Spanish, Mandarin, and Bengali. 
"Everything from our field to our messaging is an invitation to participate for the first time." - Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
During the primary, Ocasio-Cortez spent $195,000 (raised primarily by small donations) to Crowley's $3.4 million. Crowley was so lackadaisical, he sent a surrogate to scheduled debates, insulting voters and starting a decisive backlash. 
 Women Running for Congress
524 women ran for the U.S. House and Senate this year. Almost half won their primary.  
In the U.S. House, 235 women will advance to the general election. 22 women will run in the general election, for the U.S. Senate. 
"Change is coming." - Ayanna Pressley for congress
Ayanna Pressley 
Ayanna Pressley will become the first black woman to represent Massachusetts in Congress. She beat Democrat incumbent Michael Capuano with 59% of the vote. 
Capuano, who has held the seat for 20 years, and who has not faced a serious challenge since he first won the seat in 1998, conceded after only 13% of the vote was counted.  
A sexual abuse survivor and raised by her mother while her father was incarcerated, her victory is described as a win by "out-liberaling a liberal."
"The people closest to the pain should be closest to the power."- Ayanna Pressley
She runs unopposed in the general election. 
"We've chosen the path to equality, please don't let them turn us around." - Geraldine Ferraro, 1984 vice president candidate

Democrats, Republicans, and Women 
Among Democrats, 75% of men and 83% of women say it’s a good thing that more women are running for Congress this year than ever before. 45% of Republican women and 34% of Republican men agree. 
25% of Republicans and 63% of Democrats hope to see a female president in their lifetime.
- "Strong women get things done! Be passionate, be courageous, be your best." – Gabrielle Giffords former U.S. Representative from Arizona
The GOP is a big loser with women between 18 and 34. Almost 70% favor Democratic candidates in the midterms.
Discrimination is a disqualifier. Danica Roem and her guitar. Virginia House of Delegates 2018
Danica Roem
In 2017, Danica Roem, a 33-year-old former journalist and an openly transgendered woman, decided to run for the Virginia House of Delegates 
"Because I'm fed up with the frickin' road over in my hometown."
Danica Roem Virginia House of Delegates. You have the right to bring your ideas to the table
She unseated Robert G. Marshall, the 73-year-old incumbent who held the seat since 1992.  
Marshall, self-proclaimed "Virginia's chief homophobe", raised less than a third of Roem's nearly $500,000 in donations. 
Her campaign knocked on doors more than 75,000 times in a district with 52,471 registered voter.
Danica Roem first openly transgendered winner of a major election in the US. Virginia House of Delegates 2017
After her acceptance speech, she reiterated her promise to alleviating traffic congestion on Route 28.
- Shirley Chisholm, Representative from New York for seven terms (1969 to 1983)

#PinkWave #BlueWave #WomenRights #Women

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