News Women December 21, 2017 at 04:38 am

3 outspoken African American women politicians who take no shorts

Farida Dawkins | Contributor

Farida Dawkins December 21, 2017 at 04:38 am

December 21, 2017 at 04:38 am | News, Women

  1. Frederica Wilson

The only congresswoman with a cowboy hat as part of her daily attire, when you see her coming you know serious business is about to ensue. Ms. Wilson was born to the late Mr. and Mrs. Smith – proud civil rights activists and business owners who taught her the value of empowerment through advocacy and economic power. Ms. Wilson earned her Bachelors of science degree in elementary education and Masters of science degree in the before mentioned discipline.

Before her 2013 induction in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congresswoman Wilson was an educationalist, school administrator, state policymaker, and community board member to iterate the least. This spirited advocate has worked to establish significant resources and rights for young men and boys of color, felons, women of Haitian descent who experienced gender violence, low-income families, and individuals; she boldly championed with Florida state governor Jeb Bush to remove Confederate flags from the state capitol, and founded the Congressional Black Caucus’s “My Brother’s Keeper” Task Force and 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project which both aim to change the course of lives for young men and youths of color.

Interestingly, Ms. Wilson has also fought for the return held by Nigerian schoolgirls by the Boko Haram regime in Nigeria. Congresswoman Wilson made American headlines when she challenged President Trump on controversial and insensitive comments he made to the widow of Sgt La David T. Johnson; who was killed in action while serving on a military mission in Niger.

 

These women aren’t only making headlines for deciding to veer into politics; an often male-dominated field nevertheless are taking clear stances and calling for positive change in the lives of Africans in the diaspora and worldwide.

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