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  • Kate Craig

Black Women Are Breaking Barriers and Getting the Job Done

It’s International Women’s Day and Elect Black Women PAC wanted to take some space and celebrate Black women’s achievements during a global pandemic.

On January 20, 2021, a glass ceiling was shattered as Kamala Harris took office as the nation’s first Black female Vice President. Little Black and Asian girls are growing up in a world, seeing that they, too, can grow up to be Vice President.

On January 20, 2021, National Youth Poet Laureate, Amanda Gorman, delivered her poem, “The Hill We Climb” as part of President Joe Biden’s Inauguration Ceremony.

Stacey Abrams turned her 2018 Georgia gubernatorial loss into a historic win for the nation. Her work turned Georgia blue, got 2 Democratic senators elected, and gave Democrats a 50/50 tie in the Senate, with Vice President Kamala Harris casting the tie-breaking vote. Stacey Abrams is the living embodiment that just because a door closes doesn’t mean we can’t tear down the wall.

On November 3, 2020, Marilyn Strickland became the first Black and Korean American to represent Washington state in Congress. Previously, Strickland had been the first Black woman to serve as the Mayor of Tacoma, Washington.

Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, a Black female scientist, served as the lead scientist on the team that developed the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine. Her work was integral in bringing millions of Americans protection from a deadly virus that has killed over 500,000 Americans and disproportionately affected Black communities.

On January 30, 2021, Deborah Archer became the first Black president of the American Civil Liberties Union in its 101-year history. She is the organization’s 8th president.

Chef Mariya Russell is the first Black woman chef to earn a Michelin Star in the Michelin Guide’s 93-year history. Russell’s award-winning dishes can be ordered at Kikkō in Chicago, Illinois.

Janet Mock, a transgender writer, producer, and activist, received the prestigious Stephen F. Kolzak Award at the 2020 Glad Media Awards. Mock’s Golden Globe-nominated series, “Pose,” boasts the largest LGBTQ+ recurring cast and illuminates how the 1980s ballroom affected media, fashion, and the arts.

The 2021 International Women’s Day theme is “Choose to Challenge.” All of the Black women listed here, and so many more, have chosen to challenge the status quo, raise the bar, shatter glass ceilings, and set records. Elect Black Women PAC celebrates these women’s successes. We will continue to challenge the systems that oppress Black women by amplifying, connecting, and encouraging Black women on their journey to elected office. Elect Black Women

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