News • March 19, 2020

Honoring Tammy Baldwin

March is Women's History Month. In honor of this time of year, Equality NC is creating space to honor women whose work, lives and legacies have proven integral to the advancement of lived equality for marginalized folks. While our world may be in crisis, Equality NC hopes these moments of reflection will provide solace in the knowledge of our community's resilience as we've faced challenges over the decades.

Today we're celebrating Tammy Baldwin, the junior United States Senator from Wisconsin and a trailblazing openly-LGBTQ politician.

Tammy is no stranger to breaking glass ceilings. In 1998, she became the first openly LGBTQ woman elected to the United States Congress, as well as the first woman elected to the US Congress from Wisconsin. In 2012, she went on to become the first openly LGBTQ woman elected to the United States Senate, as well as the first woman elected to the US Senate from Wisconsin.

In the years since Tammy rose to national prominence, we've seen LGBTQ individuals and folks from other marginalized groups run for office in record numbers -- particularly in the wake of our current President's election. During Tammy's time in office, she's proven herself a tireless advocate for our communities -- particularly during the fight for marriage equality -- and served as a possibility model for other young LGBTQ people wanting to get involved in the political process.

We know that we're living through scary times, but we at Equality NC find hope in remembering the bravery and dedication of our community's leaders who've given their lives to the movement. We hope the legacies of people like Tammy Baldwin inspire you to become leaders in your own right during this moment of extreme crisis.

We encourage you, to the extent that you're able, to look around your community and see how you can offer support during this time. If you need support yourself, we're assembled an ongoing list of resources to help meet your needs and take care of you and your families.'

We're here for you. Happy Women's History Month.

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