Elizabeth Warren is the senior United States Senator for Massachusetts. In America, they have the House and the Senate (which is the equivalent to our House of Lords and House of Commons – click here for an explanation on how that works).
So anyway, Elizabeth Warren is up there reppin’ MA and helping decide the laws that get passed – but she is pretty damn badass, and here’s a list of reasons why:
She used to be a professor of law at Harvard
She full on Elle Woods-ed it. Before teaching at Harvard, she also taught at the University of Texas and the University of Pennsylvania. So you know she’s got BRAINS, and knows her shit when it comes to the law.
She was the first female Senator from Massachusetts
That’s right, my girl was out here making history. In 2012, she beat Republican candidate Scott Brown to become the Senator for Massachusetts. She was assigned to the Senate Special Committee on Aging, the Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, and the Health, Education, Labour and Pensions Committee. COME THRU LIZ!
And she got straight down to it
In 2013, at her first Banking Committee hearing, she went all in, taking a stand against the big Wall Street banks. She pressed a number of different banking regulators to answer when they last took a Wall Street bank to trial and said “I’m really concerned that ‘too big to fail’ has become ‘too big for trial’.”
At her next one, she pressed the Treasury Department as to why HSBC hadn’t been brought to trial after they were discovered to be committing money laundering. They kept dodging her questions, so she put into clear terms:
“If you’re caught with an ounce of cocaine, the chances are good you’re going to go to jail… But evidently, if you launder nearly a billion dollars for drug cartels and violate our international sanctions, your company pays a fine and you go home and sleep in your own bed at night.”
She had a Committee position created just for her
During the 2014 election campaign, our Lizzie was appointed the first ever Strategic Adviser position on the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee. This led people to believe that she’d run for President in the next election, but sadly she still hasn’t (maybe next year?!)
This response she had to someone saying that asking the rich to pay more taxes would be “class warfare”:
“There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody. … You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for; you hired workers the rest of us paid to educate; you were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory, and hire someone to protect against this, because of the work the rest of us did. Now look, you built a factory and it turned into something terrific, or a great idea. God bless. Keep a big hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is, you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.”
When she went OFF about birth control:
Remember back in 2013 when the US Government literally shut down? Our Liz went in hard at the Republican party over their priorities at this crucial time:
“With millions of people out of work, with an economic recovery still far too fragile, with students and families being crushed by student loan debt, with millions of seniors denied their chance at one hot meal a day with Meals on Wheels and millions of little children pushed out of Head Start because of a sequester, with the country hours away from a government shutdown and days away from a potential default on the nation’s debt, the republicans have decided that the single most important issue facing our nation is to change the law so that employers can deny women access to birth control coverage.
I have a daughter and I have granddaughters and I will never vote to let a group of backward-looking ideologues cut women’s access to birth control. We have lived in that world and we are not going back. Not ever.”
In fact, she’s always standing up for birth control
…Cos the GOP (Republicans) don’t wanna know.
Earlier this year, when the Republicans announced they would be changing the Affordable Health Care Act to make it, well, not so affordable anymore – not for women, anyway – she took to the floor to show them what’s what:
“Calling something pro-life won’t keep women from dying in back-alley abortions. It won’t help women pay for their cancer screenings that could save their lives. It won’t help them take care of their families, have safe sex, or afford their medical bills …The Republican bill will make it more likely, not less likely, that women and their children will die.”
SHE AIN’T MESSING ABOUT.
And then this:
“Do you have any idea what year it is?” Warren said at the time. “Did you fall down, hit your head, and think you woke up in the 1950s or the 1890s? Should we call for a doctor?”
All in all, Elizabeth Warren is an absolute ICON and needs to run for President asap and clean up the mess of the Orange Monster. Thank you.