“Wow! You look so damn good out there!” were the opening words U.S. Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) exclaimed as she addressed the crowd at the Women’s March in Washington, DC. The bold, unapologetic, fierce, political powerhouse shows no fear when it comes to fighting for what’s right. EGL celebrates her audacity be a staunch female activist!
Waters is a warrior public servant. In her 37 years of working on the political scene, she has proved herself a force to be reckoned with – a constant rebel on the side of social justice for women, children, people of color and the poor. If there is battle to fight, Representative Waters is right there on the front lines.
2017 has already shaped up to be an explosive year for Maxine Waters. Don’t let her 78 years of life fool you into thinking she’s meek and frail. She’s already given major shade to President Donald Trump, talk show host Bill O’Reilly, and FBI Director James Comey. She’s proving that it doesn’t matter your status or your fame, she’ll give you a piece of her mind.
“I’m a strong Black woman, and I cannot be intimidated. I cannot be undermined.”
– Maxine Waters, MSNBC
These are the words Waters emphatically stated after “The O’Reilly Factor” host Bill O’Reilly made rude, sexist, racist remarks in regards to her hair. O’Reilly was asked to address commentary Waters made about Donald Trump’s prejudicial behavior. That’s when he responded with:
“I didn’t hear a word she said. I was looking at the James Brown wig,” he said. “Do we have a picture of James Brown? It’s the same wig.”
In today’s society, one would think that this type of behavior would not occur. Fortunately for women across the nation, we have the “auntie of the resistance” (as Waters has been dubbed for her relentless denouncement of Trump’s presidency) to use her platform to speak out against any man or woman who tries to break us down. Yes, Representative Waters has a lot of #blackgirlmagic to extinguish all the hate.
Waters gave a poignant message to the country as she spoke with MSNBC’s Chris Hays:
“I cannot be thought to be afraid of Bill O’Reilly or anybody,” she expressed. “And I’d like to say to women out there everywhere: Don’t allow these right-wing talking heads, these dishonorable people, to intimidate you or scare you. Be who you are. Do what you do. And let us get on with discussing the real issues of this country.”
Enough said. Although It’s doubtful that Maxine Waters is done speaking out.
We need more women like Congresswoman Waters who are undeterred in the war for justice. She is not worried about what others do or don’t do in their pursuit of right and wrong. Waters operates from a space of intuitiveness and moral sensibilities. America’s political ideologies are at a crossroads: split between party lines, and at the juxtaposition between patriotism versus ethics. We applaud Maxine Waters for being an unwavering advocate for the people of our nation. It takes a brave-heart to fight the powers that be.
EGL salutes Maxine Waters as our Chick of the Week!
Written By: Tawana C. Coleman