We need to live our values, to be the kind of nation that invests in opportunity, not just for some of us, but for all of us. We need to take our democracy back from those who would pervert it for their own benefit. We need to build the America of our dreams.
So says Elizabeth Warren - US Senator for Massachusetts - in the prologue to her new book, This Fight Is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America’s Middle Class. A few weeks ago Warren sat down with Chelsea Handler to discuss her passion for the middle class. She grew up in a middle class family that was barely hanging on financially paycheck to paycheck, and when at 12 years old her father had a heart attack her mother put on her high heels and searched for work for the first time at the age of 50. Her mother’s minimum wage job at Sears saved their home and family, and unfortunately the America of today can’t support a mother and child to keep them out of poverty. Warren credits her college education with allowing her a chance to become a school teacher, which ultimately paved the way for all of her accomplishments since.
Entering the Senate in 2013, Warren is one of our most prolific representatives and activists to date. With seemingly boundless energy she is not afraid to vocalize her opinions on education, healthcare, immigration, and women’s rights. Earlier this year she was silenced by Mitch McConnell on the Senate floor when reading a letter by Coretta Scott King. When Chelsea asked Warren about the incident, her response: “This is about every woman in America who has been told sit down and shut up. I’ve had it. I’m not doing this anymore.”
There’s no doubt Warren is a #badassbosslady who has worked hard for everything she has today. She emphasizes that we have to put country ahead of party, which means accountability and restraints. We need to call our Congress representatives in order to have our voices heard. Warren had 3 specific action items for women to take charge:
Join at least one group, or 2, 3, 4 if you’re able. One voice is loud, but two voices are twice as loud. Stay focused as there is a long fight in front of us.
Recruit. Talk to a lot of people including those who don’t agree with you, are more on the edge, and not following the news as much. Talk to that crazy uncle and people at the grocery store to expand the number of of people who are engaged in issues.
Commit yourself. Make phonecalls or send emails. One new conversation a day helps. Our democracy is on the ropes.
In the words of Mrs. King: “Freedom and justice cannot be parceled out in pieces to suit political convenience. I don’t believe you can stand for freedom for one group of people and deny it to others.”
Warren doesn’t confirm or deny a 2020 presidential run, but she will be running for the Senate in 2018. All you nasty Bay State women out there, get yourselves ready to continue the fight.