Rep. Marcia Fudge, 58, says it is “an honor and a privilege” to be asked to join President Biden’s Cabinet. If confirmed, Fudge will follow in the footsteps of her Delta sorority sister, Patricia Roberts Harris, the first Black woman to lead HUD under the Carter administration.
If confirmed, Deb Haaland will become the nation’s most powerful Native American leader in our 243-year history. She will lead the Department of the Interior, the very department “whose centuries of broken promises and benign neglect has contributed to the slow erosion of Indigenous culture.”
Avril Haines is the first woman to lead the intelligence community, directing a total of 17 agencies and organizations, and serving as the principal advisor to the president, the National Security Council, and the Homeland Security Council for intelligence matters related to national security.
But before that, she was a caretaker for her sick mother, a judo practitioner, a car mechanic, a bookstore owner, and more.
I remember what Stacey Abrams told me: “There are few things as dangerous as a woman with a plan and the perseverance to execute.” By that metric, Janet Yellen is as dangerous as it gets.
“Economics isn’t just something you find in a textbook. I believe economic policy can be a potent tool to improve society. We can—and should—use it to address inequality, racism, and climate change.”
“What if Black women, it turned out, really always have been at the forefront of the struggles over American women’s voting rights, and what if we as a nation are just catching up to that?”
A compilation of 12 TEDWomen Talks examining the ways racial inequality manifests and the tragic consequences of systemic racism in the United States.
Molly Ball’s documentation of how Pelosi leads, how she wins and how she uses her power is ultimately a portrait of a woman who fully embraces her personal gifts, owns them and uses them effectively—not for herself alone, even though she certainly knows how to wield power to win a legislative battle or even her own reelection campaign.
The theme for this year’s TEDWomen is “Bold + Brilliant,” setting the bar high for our curatorial team to search for the world’s best, brightest—and yes, most daring—leaders, pioneers, activists and entrepreneurs.
#EqualityCantWait, declared Melinda Gates—as she put her very significant resources forward today, challenging all of us, at every gathering and with every opportunity, to elevate, activate, motivate and gather our strength, individually and collectively as a global sisterhood, for the often dangerous but absolutely necessary work to move towards true equality in every aspect of our lives and work—not for ourselves alone.
These books, films and stories are too good to miss.