We Have Her Back
TIME’S UP Now: “The Hard Work of Forming a More Perfect Union Lies in Front of Us”
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Moments ago, the Associated Press called the election for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
Tina Tchen, president and CEO of TIME’S UP Now, shared the following statement:
“It’s official: One hundred years after women won the right to vote, our country has elected the first Black and Asian woman to become the next Vice President of the United States. Propelled in part by historic turnout of women and women of color voters, candidates have broken records, up and down the ballot – in red states and blue states alike.
“This is a historic moment for our country, no matter who you voted for. It means girls and boys across this nation will see and learn from a new generation of women leaders, which will help change our culture over the long run.
“But first, the hard work of forming a more perfect, more fair, more just union lies in front of us. On behalf of those we lost to COVID-19, those risking their lives on the frontlines, and all those who have been left behind by those in power, the fight has only begun. Now is the time to get more engaged than you ever have before.”
In addition to Madam Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, these women leaders made history:
- New Mexico became the first state to elect all women of color to its House delegation. [The Hill, November 4, 2020]
- Cori Bush became the first Black Congresswoman from Missouri. [InStyle, November 3, 2020]
- Sarah McBride became the highest-ranking transgender state legislator in the country. [The Lily, November 4, 2020]
- All four members of “The Squad” were re-elected, despite unrelenting, racist and sexist attacks. [The Guardian, November 4, 2020]
- Nithya Raman becomes the first TIME’S UP staff alum elected to public office, defeating an incumbent for an LA City Council seat. [LA Times, November 6, 2020]
- Daniella Levine Cava was elected Miami-Dade mayor on Tuesday, the first woman to win that office. [Miami Herald, November 3, 2020]
- Nida Alam won a seat in Durham County’s Board of Commissioners, becoming the first Muslim American woman to win elected office in North Carolina. [PopSugar, November 4, 2020]
- Vermont elected its first openly trans member of the Vermont state legislature, Taylor Small [Burlington Free Press, November 4, 2020]
- Mauree Turner became the first Muslim lawmaker to serve in Oklahoma’s state legislature and first non-binary state legislator in the U.S. [KOCO, Nov 4, 2020]
- Tara Simmons became the first person convicted of a felony elected to serve in Washington state legislature [The Appeal, November 4, 2020]
These winning ballot measures will help make workplaces more safe, fair, and dignified across the country:
- Colorado voters said loud and clear that paid family and medical leave should be here to stay. Proposition 118 passed with 57 percent support. This proposition will create a paid family and medical leave program with an additional four weeks for pregnancy or childbirth complications, among other protections.
- Floridians voted to reduce the gender pay gap and increase the minimum wage, with 60 percent support. Amendment 2 will raise the state minimum wage to $10.00 per hour and by $1.00 every year until it reaches $15.00 per hour in 2026, which economists predict will help even the playing field for 1.4 million Florida women.
- A strong 58 percent of Utah voters approved an amendment against gender-based discrimination. Amendment A will change gender-specific terminology to be gender neutral in the Utah Constitution.
- Multnomah County, Oregon approved a ballot measure to provide tuition-free preschool. The county, which includes the city of Portland, will offer tuition-free preschool to all 3- and 4-year-olds whose parents want it, while also raising the pay of preschool teachers.
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TIME’S UP™ Now is the nonpartisan and not-for-profit advocacy arm of TIME’S UP. We advocate for safe, fair, and dignified work for all in the public and private sectors, calling for an end to harassment and other related forms of discrimination on the job. And we fight to rebuild the systems that have taken away women’s power for far too long. TIME’S UP Now is a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization.