In all of American history, there has never been an African-American female governor. Rep. Stacey Abrams (D-Ga.) wants to change that.
“I am very aware that this would be a history making turn. It’s thrilling. It would redefine our beliefs about who can lead,” she tells Fortune. Abrams, 43, announced that she will be running for governor of Georgia earlier this month.
“Being about to cross that barrier for African-American women, especially in the deep south, is an extraordinary opportunity to speak up for so many women who are go forgotten and unheard.”
Abrams says she’s running for office now because Georgia is in a unique place in its history. “We have a diverse, evolving and changing community,” she says. “But we have not done the hard work we need to do. Our next governor has the potential to make immediate and meaningful impact on people’s lives, and I want to be certain we take advantage of that,” she adds. (Fortune)