Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (b. 1989) is the US
Representative for New York’s 14th district. She is the youngest
woman to ever serve in the US Congress, at the age of 29.
She studied international relations and economics in Boston, and later
worked for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. She is one of the most
recognizable and most progressive representatives, advocating for free healthcare,
gun control or environmental issues, among others.
Marianne Williamson (b. 1952) is the founder of Project Angel Food, a programme serving
food to home-bound people who suffer from AIDS or other serious illnesses. She
also co-founded Peace Alliance, an organization which supports peace-building
She began her activism in the 1980s by
founding support centres for people with AIDS in New York and Los Angeles. Project
Angel Food was started in 1989, and served more than 11 million meals so far.
She is currently running as a Democratic presidential candidate for 2020.
Debbie Stabenow (b. 1950) is a US senator for the state of
Michigan, a member of the Democratic Party. She became the first female senator
in the state when she was first elected in 2000.
She is seen
as one of the most liberal senators, advocating for causes such as immigrant
rights, gun regulation and the legalisation of cannabis. In 2016, she managed
to secure $100 million for repairing Flint’s water lines. Throughout her years
in office, she helped open ten community health centres in Detroit.
Nancy Pelosi (b. 1940) is the Minority Leader in the House of Representatives. She served as Speaker of the House from 2007 to 2011, the only woman to do so in the 229-years history of the role.
As leader of the Democrats, she is the first woman and first Italian-American to lead a major party in Congress. She voted in favour of numerous bills on education, civil rights and reproductive rights, and was instrumental in passing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2010.
Catherine Filene Shouse (1896-1994) was the
first woman ever appointed to the Democratic National Committee, which happened
in 1925. She was the editor of the Committee’s official bulletin, and also the
first woman to serve as chair of the Federal Prison for Women Board.
In 1929, she created
the Institute of Women’s Professional Relations, which highlighted educational
and career opportunities for women. Later in life, she founded the
Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. She received numerous awards
for her work, including a Presidential Medal of Freedom presented in 1977.