The Editor’s View: Women’s History Month Issue

By Katrice L. Mines, Editor

March is Women’s History Month and this year feels especially significant. In 2018, women around the world achieved an inspiring list of notable firsts, while stateside women of color broke records in the U.S. midterm elections. One of the most fascinating feats, however, happened right here in the state of Georgia with Stacey Abrams shattering historic barriers as the first black female major-party gubernatorial nominee in the history of the United States. Abrams’s campaign for governor of Georgia turned out more voters than any Democrat in state’s history, including former President Barack Obama, and invested in critical infrastructure to build progress in the state. After losing the race by a narrow margin and witnessing the gross mismanagement of the election by the Secretary of State’s office, the former Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives immediately launched Fair Fight to ensure every Georgian has a voice in our election system. And while in the midst of a career that has been on a steady incline, it seems Abrams is on the eve of a big breakthrough… a revival, even. But, certainly not one she needs as much as one for the establishment of fair democracy that is needed in the country at-large. Fair Fight’s mission is to advocate for election reform and engage in voter education and turnout to secure the voting rights of Georgians. “Our most urgent work is to realize Americans dreams of today and tomorrow, and to carve a path to independence and prosperity that can last a lifetime,” Abrams said while delivering the Democratic response to the State of the Union. And it is evident that her unyielding drum beat is already affecting change as Republicans in the state Capitol are considering House Bill 316, which would authorize the purchase of a new $150 million touchscreen voting system. Called “perhaps the most significant legislation of the session,” AJC writer Jim Galloway says: “We know this because, to pass it, House GOP leaders are willing to concede that Stacey Abrams and her fellow Democrats made legitimate points during the 2018 campaign, when they cited flaws in Georgia’s electoral system.” If you look back through Abrams’ political rise and her impact on communities in the state, this point in time – for her – makes sense. And if you’re like me, you can’t take your eyes off her because it’s clear that she’s not new to this, she’s true to this.

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