by: Minda Harts, Founder, The Memo
Now, I hope that I don’t have to put together a full-on powerpoint presentation on why you should vote in the upcoming election on November 6th: if Kanye West alone hasn’t swayed you, then I don’t know what else to say. The good news about voting is that we get the opportunity to decide what side of history we want to be on, and we get to have a voice in what issues matter to us.
We can also choose to throw our hands in the air and wave them like we just don’t care, but I think you and I both know that is not a good idea.
We decided to take a look at our The Memo community and highlight some races that you should know about, to better inform yourself as we approach the upcoming midterm elections. As women of color, we have the ability to exercise our economic, voting, and online power to help other women of color running in your state to secure their seat.
Many of the women in The Memo community live in the following states, so we've linked to Rutgers' Campaign for American Women and Politics for each of these states for you to learn more about the women running there:
If you live outside of these states, you can click here for a comprehensive list that shows how close the races are across the country.
With the number of women and women of color running for office this election season, I have no doubt that my homegirl Shirley Chisholm would be proud.
We should all be educated and informed regardless of which side of the aisle we sit on. What can we do to support some of these women? You can phonebank, knock on doors, or give to their campaigns.
Here are four women running for office in the midterms who would make history if elected:
Connecticut: Jahana Hayes would be the first black woman elected to Congress in the New England area. She was a teenage mother, and through perseverance and determination was named Teacher of The Year in 2016.
Georgia: Stacey Abrams is running for Governor. If she wins, she will be the first African-American woman to serve as governor in our history.
Kansas: Sharice Davids is running for Congress and if she wins, she would be the first lesbian, Native American woman ever elected. She was also an Obama White House fellow.
New York: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is running for Congress in the 14th District, and if elected would be the youngest member of Congress at 29 years old.
By supporting the campaigns of women, we also help ourselves by closing the leadership and wage gap in this country. We have the privilege of serving as their sponsors--to help catapult them into our history books! It’s going to take all hands on deck.
Let’s take matters into our own hands and VOTE on November 6th.