Screenshot from Stacey Abrams’ instagram account, @staceyabrams.

Stacey Abrams: My She-Hero

November 11, 2020

The biggest event that has happened recently in America is the election. Everyone has been focused on the overall votes of each state and the presidential candidates, but fewer people pay attention to what is happening within each state.

Georgia went from being a reliably Republican state to a battleground state. A big part in helping turn Georgia into a battleground state is Stacey Abrams.

Stacey Abrams is a powerful woman, a Democrat who served in the Georgia state legislature for 10 years, then ran for governor of Georgia two years ago against Brian Kemp, Georgia’s Secretary of State. That historic run made Abrams the first black woman to become the gubernatorial nominee for a major party. As Secretary of State, Kemp was in charge of the election in which he was a candidate. When Abrams didn’t win the election, many people pointed out that there had been widespread voter suppression, including suppressing voter registration, while Kemp was in charge. After the election, Abrams launched the program Fair Fight Action to ensure that all Americans can use their voices through voting. Abrams has fought relentlessly for years, leading up to this year’s presidential elections, where large numbers of votes have been suppressed historically, and today, especially in communities of color.

Stacey Abrams is a She-Hero to me because of how devoted she is to saving everyone’s votes and making sure that their voices get heard.

She is so inspirational because of how she continues to fight for every right that is given to Americans. She has also created many opportunities for people of color by training them and hiring them to work for her. Abrams continues to make programs that are devoted to voting rights and battling social issues at both the state and national level, while continuing to encourage civic engagement. She inspires me to continue my acts of civic engagement, like phone banking and text banking where I reach out to voters to get out the vote via text or call. She has also taught me to continue to use my voice on issues that need to be advocated for like Black Lives Matter.

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