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The Quality of the Female Voice is Not Strained

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Embarking on a New Year means New Years Resolutions, new possibilities and new adventures. What I’m super excited about in 2019 are the new women we have in leadership! Female leadership is on the rise, ’tis mightiest in the mightiest, it’s about time we let women reign! 

To start, here is a list of some of the women we can expect to see in Washington this year:

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) were sworn into the 116th Congress, joining the legislature as the first two Muslim congresswomen.

Sharice Davids (first openly gay Kansan elect) and Deb Haaland became the first Native American women elected to Congress.

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema became the first openly bisexual, female senator from Arizona, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez- a 29-year-old activist from the Bronx, became the youngest woman elected to Congress, and Rep. Lauren Underwood just became the youngest ever black woman to be sworn into the House of Representatives. 

 

In my opinion, increasing the number of women in leadership helps facilitate more cultural change in how things are done. Therefore, with more versified values and perspectives, we’re creating a leadership that is more indicative of our nation’s people as a whole. These new leaders have formed a throned monarch, better than its crown. In their own way, they each hold scepters that show the force of female power. According to Leah Greenberg, co-founder of Indivisible (a nationwide movement of thousands of local, volunteer-led groups that engage in progressive advocacy), “this is a victory that’s driven not by Washington but by a nationwide local grassroots movement led by woman.”         

This female leadership movement mustn’t solely remain in the political realm but it should manifest in the daily lives of women.  I truly believe that this strength and courage is enthroned in the hearts of women. That is why She’s Debonnaire.

Lets just say, it’s about time we let women reign, let their voices droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven.

Kaci Gregory is a recent graduate from Muhlenberg College with a double major in Media & Communications and French & Francophone studies. Because of her interest in women's studies, diversity and her passion for cosmetics and fashion, she founded the blog "She's Debonnaire." Her objective is to facilitate dialogue among women on issues related to gender, race, culture, and sexuality and how they impact perceptions of beauty.

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