5 Inspiring american female political leaders challenging the status quo – eco warrior princess

When it comes to female leadership and women’s empowerment, we often think of Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Sheryl Sandberg and Malala Yousafzai. But there is a new generation of inspiring female leaders and particularly in the male-dominated field of politics who are shaking things up and providing plenty of hope for what our future could look like.

A rising star in the Democratic Party who identifies as a ‘Progressive Democrat’ and ‘Democratic Socialist’, Ocasio-Cortez, a Bronx-based educator and activist, won the Democratic primary in New York’s 14th Congressional District massively defeating a more experienced Democratic Congressman Joe Crowley, on a grassroots campaign entirely people-funded.

Having graduated from Boston University studying economics and international relations, her political experience began while working with Ted Kennedy.

She then became a campaign organiser for Bernie Sanders’s 2016 presidential campaign. However, it was being at the frontlines of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests at Standing Rock that transformed her political activism to a personal political mission, which led her to run for office.

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Harris, a graduate of Howard University and the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, is the daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants. She made history by becoming the first black woman to serve as Attorney General of the state of California, and only the second to be elected to the US Senate. She is also the first Indian-American and the first biracial woman ever to serve in the US Senate.

“There’s so many things that are happening right now where people are taking to the streets. And we have to remember, it’s not about fighting against something. It’s about fighting for something. And it is fighting with a spirit of love and country. And that’s really important to remember. We love our country. And part of being a patriot, love of country, is about fighting for the ideals of our country, fighting for the best of who we are.”

Running for Congress in Pennsylvania’s Fifth District is Korean American Pearl Kim, who formerly worked as Assistant District Attorney and Chief of Human Trafficking and Senior Deputy Attorney General in Pennsylvania prior to running for Congress as a representative of the Republican Party. If she wins, Kim would become the first woman of colour ever to be elected in Pennsylvania; all the more astonishing since there are no female representatives currently holding seats in the state.

Appearing on CNN’s The Van Jones Show, Kim, herself a sexual assault survivor, shares: “I was able to implement criminal justice reform in Pennsylvania and was able to secure the first human trafficking conviction in the state, working with legislators from both parties to expand protections for victims and was able to secure the first human trafficking conviction under the new legislation.”

When asked about being spotted retweeting at John McCain’s funeral, the tweets of critics of her party’s leader Donald Trump, the former prosecutor replies: “This is why I’m running. I’m so frustrated with Washington, I’m frustrated with the rhetoric coming out of Washington, the inaction and that politicians can’t work across the aisle for the common good. I’ve had a history with working with both Republicans and Democrats for the common good and I’m so frustrated with our political climate right now and this is the reason I am running.”

The daughter of Palestinian immigrants and the eldest of 14 children, Tlaib graduated from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2004 and started her political career that same year when she interned for State Representative Steve Tobocman. She then went on to become the first Muslim American woman to serve in the Michigan state Legislature. This year has seen a record number of Muslims running for local, state and national office, more than 90 and mostly Democrat, according to the New York Times.

Specifically asked about running for office, Tlaib shares this during her CBS interview: “I felt a tremendous need to get into the ring rather than sit on the sidelines. I always tell people, in some ways, Trump being elected President of the United States was kind of like that bat signal for many women across the country, not just Muslim women, but women from all backgrounds and it was a call to say we have to act and that’s why so many women are running for office.”