Black women political power

By: FEM Society E-Board

One very influential black woman is Stacey Abrams. Abrams served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 2006 to 2017, and served as the house minority leader from 2011 to 2017. She was the Democratic nominee for the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial election, making her the first female African-American major-party gubernatorial nominee of the United States. 
Even though Abrams lost the race, it was a contentious campaign that drew attention across the nation. A black woman running for the governor of Georgia was seen as a very difficult challenge, but Abrams’ campaign gained momentum quickly. She captured the attention of prominent politicians and organizations, such as Senator Bernie Sanders, former President Barack Obama and the progressive political action organization “Our Revolution,” all of whom endorsed her. 
Following the gubernatorial election, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced that Abrams would deliver the response to the 2019 State of the Union address on Feb. 5. This was a momentous occasion since she was the first African-American woman to give the rebuttal to the address, as well as the first and only non-office-holding person to do so. Her experience, intelligence, honesty and beliefs captured the United States during the governor’s race in 2018.