Influential Women in Politics: Stacey Abrams

Maeve Downs, Journalist

Joe Biden was recently declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election. This is promising news to many Americans, but it’s essential to look to those who are behind his victory. Stacey Abrams was an avid Biden supporter throughout the campaign, working tirelessly behind the scenes, fighting voter suppression, and encouraging marginalized communities to share their voice. 

Stacey Abrams can be described as a multifaceted woman. She’s generally known as an accomplished politician within the democratic party, however, she’s also a New York Times bestselling author, a lawyer, and a voting rights activist. 

Upon graduating from Yale Law School, she went from being a tax attorney to being the city attorney of Atlanta, Georgia by the young age of 29. She continued her political journey by earning a seat as one of Georgia’s House of Representatives, a minority leader who has continuously vouched for quality education, a fair economy, and an ethical criminal justice system. Momentously, Abrams continued on to be the first African American woman to win her party’s nomination for governor of Georgia. Unfortunately,  Abrams lost a tight race by a one percent margin. In response, she tenaciously took the opportunity to immediately push for voting rights. 

Abrams began her non-profit “Fair Fight”, an organization with a mission to remove any obstacles for discouraged voters. Joe Biden’s electoral win in Georgia displays her efforts, showcasing positive voting statistics amongst newly registered minority voters. Historically, Georgia has been a red state–reflective in the 2016 election, with Trump winning the state by 5.1%. In the 2020 election, the state was flipped and Biden persevered against Trump taking the state by .3%. So where do these blue votes come from? 

In present-day Georgia, USA Today has stated that “…it’s estimated that more than 800,000 new people have registered to vote in Georgia since 2018.” In addition, Stacey Abrams, in an NPR interview, mentions that 49% of these voters are people of color, while 45% of them are below the age of 30. These figures are colossal. Fair Fight has not only spurred conversation and awareness around voter suppression but has also built voter protection teams across the country to ensure that voting is accessible, for everyone

Although to the public eye, Stacey Abrams wasn’t on the frontlines, she was an unsung hero, representing those who may feel lost within the political system. Stacey Abrams embodies the mentality of a hustler and the heart of a passionate leader. In the words of Abrams herself, “Voting will not save us from harm but silence will damn us all.”  

 

Work Cited:

Brown, Matthew Usa Today. “Georgia Solidifies Its Swing-State Status Thanks, in Part, to Stacey Abrams.” USA TODAY, 5 Nov. 2020, eu.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2020/11/05/stacey-abrams-gets-credit-close-race-trump-biden-georgia/6171489002.

Nielsen, Euell. “Stacey Yvonne Abrams (1973- ).” Black Past, 8 Aug. 2019, www.blackpast.org/african-american-history/stacey-yvonne-abrams-1973.