Friday, July 23, 2010

Friday Feminist Legislator Spotlight on: Donna Edwards

This Friday's Feminist Legislator Spotlight is on Congresswoman Donna Edwards (4-MD). Edwards is an incredible public speaker who gave an inspiring speech at the DC interns hill briefing. She is definitely on the rise in Washington, DC so I figured I ought to give y'all the scoop, that way you'll be well informed when she gains wider recognition.

Edwards was a longtime community activist and lawyer before she became the first African-American woman to represent Maryland in the United States House of Representatives. Edwards co-founded the National Network to End Domestic Violence and advocated for the passage of the 1994 Violence Against Women Act.

This lady is so down for her causes, she was arrested last year outside of the Sudan embassy with 5 other Representatives, protesting the nation's blocking of aid to genocide survivors in Darfur.

Edwards should be incredibly inspiring to young women involved in the feminist movement that have ambitions of running for office. She has proven that having connections with women's rights organizations will not make your election impossible. In fact, it is that community centered experience that Edwards' constituents value.

To find out more about Congresswoman Donna Edwards, check out her website.

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