Ladies are Rocking the Vote in Midterm 2018
The 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was passed by Congress in 1919 and ratified in 1920 granting all American women the right to vote. Beginning in the 1800s, women organized, petitioned, and picketed to win the right to vote, but it took them decades to accomplish their purpose. Between 1878, when the amendment was first introduced in Congress, it took 42 years to finally get it ratified meaning many of the women in the movement during those early days never saw the fruits of their labor.
We are fast coming up on the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment’s passing and American women are blowing off the doors in search of not just voting, but of holding significant positions in American government.
It’s been estimated that 556 women nationwide are running for some type of office in this year’s midterm election. More than a few have earned upset wins in the preliminary elections to get on the November ballot and many are expected to come away as victors when the dust settles on election night.
Since no one purchased any political ads in this paper I feel quite liberated to share some of the ladies I’m keeping a close eye on during the midterm elections.
Lisa Blunt Rochester is looking to retain her seat as Delaware’s Congresswoman. We knew each other as students at Villa-nova so she has special place in my heart.
In Delaware’s State House District 5 we have Kendra Thompson Johnson running and she’s a favorite of many because of her Chester roots.
The 5 th Congressional District in Pennsylvania is the one Chester folks will be selecting from two women candidates, Mary Gay Scanlon and Pearl Kim.
In other parts of the country, the ladies that peek my interest are:
Stacey Abrams is attempting to become the first black female governor this country has ever had in her bid to overcome a ton of voter suppression efforts in the state of Georgia.
Ayanna Pressley has the opportunity to become the first black women to represent Massachusetts in Congress after she upset 10-term Representative Michael Capuano.
Jahana Hayes, former National Teacher of the Year, is looking to be the first women to take the 5th District Congressional seat in Connecticut.
Vangie Williams is a candidate for the 1st Congressional District in Virginia.
Lucy McBath (mother of Jordan Davis – gunned down at a gas station in Florida for playing music too loud) is running for the 6th Congressional District of Georgia.
Lauren Underwood is running as a candidate for Congress representing the Illinois 14th District.
Lezley McSpadden (mother of Mike Brown – gunned down by police in Ferguson, Missouri) is running for City Council of Ferguson and would be in charge of the Ferguson police department if she wins.
Sherice Davids, former MMA fighter, is running for Congress in Kansas’s 3rd District. She’ll be the first gay and first Native America to hold office as a Kansas rep.