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BOSTON, MA – SEPTEMBER 04: Ayanna Pressley, Boston City Councilwomen and House Democratic candidate, gives a victory speech at her primary night gathering after her opponent Mike Capuano conceded on September 4, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. Pressley beat Capuano, a 10-term incumbent, in Massachusetts’ 7th District. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

Ayanna Pressley

We’re featuring another member of the United States House of Representatives. Because women belong where?! We’re talking Ayanna Pressley this time, a democrat from Massachusetts’s 7th congressional district!

She’s spent her fair share of time in Boston, elected into the Boston City Council in 2009 as the first woman of color to serve in its 100-year history. Within her first year as a City Counselor, she formed the Committee on Healthy Women, Families, and Communities, which focused its efforts on ending domestic violence, child abuse, and human trafficking. She’s always put feminism first in her line of work and we’re lucky to have her part of Congress!

It’s been absolutely fascinating to see so many women in politics. I know that personally, I have been inspired by so many of them, inspiring me to focus more of my efforts on understanding political issues and speaking my mind about them. I never would have felt this way if it weren’t for Pressley, Omar, and Ocasio-Cortez.

Having women with such diverse backgrounds and view points allows the general public to feel like they, too, have a voice when it comes to critical issues in our country. Not only do these women stand for feminism, equality, and bettering our America, they truly give hope to some of us who never felt like they could speak up before. They’re redefining what it means to make a difference, and that’s exactly what we need right now.

"“With our rights under assault, with our freedoms under siege, it’s not just good enough to see the Democrats back in power, but it matters who those Democrats are. Are you ready to come to Congress with me?” – Ayanna Pressley"