There's Still Work to Be Done: Stacey Abrams on the Power of Women in the Fight For Progress

After a strenuous election cycle, the Biden-Harris administration has officially settled into the White House, thanks to the tireless work of Black women like former Georgia State Representative Stacey Abrams, who mobilized voters during the election to flip the state blue. On Jan. 21, The Daily Show‘s Trevor Noah sat down with the former representative to discuss the best plan of action moving forward for a more progressive United States, and why women of color play such an important role in achieving this goal.

“Black women tend to bear the brunt of every evil and bear the responsibility of every failure. And so our response, our only response, has to be that we’re gonna push harder, fight longer, and recognize that we will go unrecognized,” Abrams told Noah. But the Our Time Is Now author explained that it’s women from minority groups as a whole — including Latinx women, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Native Americans — who band together to have such an astounding impact on such prominent issues.

“Women are often the leaders, the lost leaders,” she said. “We are the ones who do the work. We rarely get the credit, but we understand the consequences. And that’s really what drives us. And, certainly, Black women in this moment deserve every accolade and every plaudit. But I also want to make sure that we think about all the other women of color and white women who have entered the space where they are from places of marginalization and disadvantage. Because men seem to be men no matter which race they’re in. So I think it’s critical for us to not only lift up Black women, to lift up women of color, to lift up women when we do right, but to recognize that we’re always in a coalition trying to get this done.”

By recognizing the accolades of women color in the fight for social justice and racial equity, Abrams hopes to set an example for those in positions of power to be collaborative and push for necessary improvement. “I do think it’s always essential that you recognize all of the component pieces,” she said. “Because grassroots organizing and political organizing are two facets of how you put together the Infinity Stone that actually delivers us from Thanos into justice . . . Defeating Donald Trump was simply attacking one of the symptoms. We’ve got to fix the disease, which is Republican insistence that the way to win elections is to keep citizens from voting. And that’s a solvable problem.”

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