Rep. Maxine Waters: “Black Women Are the Emerging Leaders in This Country”

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In case you missed the memo, Congresswoman Maxine Waters is a total badass. Waters has been one of the most outspoken Representatives during the Resistance and is ready to fight to the death to ensure she looks out for her constituents.

Waters has spent the last 37 years in public service, with 27 of those years in the House of Representatives. She recently spoke out about how she maintains her stamina — something us newer activists are wondering how we’ll conquer for the next four years!

She told The Root,

“Well, you know, it’s not something that I have to think about. I have 12 brothers and sisters. I came from St. Louis and I’ve seen a lot of pain and poverty and people who never got a chance to realize their potential because of their circumstances. And so I’ve always felt that there was injustice and that many people, particularly African Americans, didn’t have a real chance.”

Additionally, she says that the younger generation gives her hope that things can and will get better.

“I really do believe that black women are really emerging as leaders in this country. I feel it, and I feel it in ways that continue to be unveiled every day. There is an emergence of black girls in our colleges and universities. I see young black women lawyers, and how good I feel about that.”

Waters has been such a role model for many. As for her advice to young girls? She says,

“My message to black girls is, you are special and you are important. Love yourself for who you are, how you look and move on. Do not be influenced or undermined or disparaged by others who would say that you are not enough or not who they want you to be. Black girls are equally as deserving of protection as black boys, and we must do our best to support them.”

Rep. Maxine Waters continues to speak out against Trump, the Russian’s interference in our election, Betsey DeVos and more. She was even able to get an apology out of Bill O’Reilly for his racist statements about her (and we all know how much he hates to apologize). Waters was also seen speaking at the Tax March to advocate that Trump releases his taxes. We can’t wait to see what she does next.

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