Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Nevertheless, She Persisted

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So far we have over 20 democrat candidates for the 2020 presidential election. It seems like every day there is another good person announcing. It is challenging to keep up with everyone and everything. With that in mind, due to the unfair lack of coverage in the mainstream media for female presidential candidates, I have decided to do a series of articles about them. A way to get to know them, some of their accomplishments, and what their possible future candidacies could bring forth.

First up, will be the woman who announced she is running first, Senator Elizabeth Warren. Senator Warren announced on New Year's Eve she would be running as a presidential candidate. She has been fighting for rights for decades now, and she has won and lost, but she stays in the fight and continues to try to do what is best for all. At her opening rally, Warren called Trump a "symptom of a larger problem [that has resulted in] a rigged system that props up the rich and powerful and kicks dirt on everyone else". [1] She has been going to battles over consumer protections and veteran benefits and now a go for the Democratic nomination. Here are some things you might not know about her.

Elizabeth is the youngest of four children and the only daughter of her parents, Pauline and Donald Jones Herring. Her father survived a heart attack, but was not able to keep his job and had to find other work. Elizabeth's family fell on hard times, their car was repossessed because they couldn't afford the payments, and at age 13, she began waitressing in her Aunt's restaurant to help out at home. Despite her family's economic struggles, Senator Warren still excelled on her school debate team and won the State Championship. She also won a debate scholarship to George Washington University at the age of 16, and she also graduated from high school at that time.

She earned her Bachelor of Science in speech pathology and audiology and worked with Special Needs kids for a year. She had wanted to be a teacher but changed her career path to the law in the late 1970s. She also married her high school sweetheart, had two kids, went to law school, divorced and remarried. She taught law in many different places, and her husband eventually took a position at Harvard, and they stayed in Boston.

She decided to become more involved in making a difference on a larger scale. She ran against a Republican Incumbent Senator Scott Brown and won the election in November 2012, defeating him by 5 percent to 6 percent and earning her first term in the U.S. Senate, making her the first woman ever elected to the post for Massachusetts.[2] Warren joined the Boston Women's March for America, a sister march of the historic Women's March on Washington. "This gathering is a chance for us to come together to make clear that we believe in basic dignity, respect, and equal rights for every person in this country, and that we are committed to fighting back against bigotry in all its forms," Warren said in a statement.[2]

Senator Warren opposed the hiring of Jeff Sessions (who is already gone). She then began to read a letter from late civil rights activist Coretta Scott King, the widow of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., which she wrote in 1986 to urge the Senate to reject Sessions' nomination as a federal judge. As Warren read Coretta Scott King's letter to the Senate, she was interrupted by Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and was told she had breached provisions of the Senate's Rule 19 because she had "impugned the motives and conduct of our colleague from Alabama." The Senate voted to sustain McConnell's objection along party lines, 49–43, silencing Warren for the duration of the Sessions confirmation hearings. [4]

While explaining why he kicked Senator Warren off of the Senate floor and voted for her silence, he stated " Senator Warren was giving a lengthy speech. She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted" [4] and now that phrase has become a massive part of the woman's movement. Last year, the theme for Women's History Month was never the less she persisted. It has also been used as a slogan in campaigns and even made it to T-shirts and other swag.

Senator Warren is now prepared to take on the presidency. She will continue her fight for the little guy and won't let businesses run the government. She is not taking any PAC money or lobbyist groups. If you would like to know more about this candidate, click here.

[1] https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/02/elizabeth-warren-launch-presidential-campaign.html
[2] https://www.biography.com/people/elizabeth-warren-20670753
[3] https://elizabethwarren.com/issues/
[4] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nevertheless,_she_persisted

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