This week, Texas State Senator Wendy Davis announced that she will run for governor of the state. Senator Davis rose to political stardom in June when she carried out an 11-hour filibuster to stop SB5, an extremely restrictive abortion bill. Her filibuster succeeded, but then current Texas Governor Rick Perry forced the bill through by calling another special legislative session. Though Davis may have been beaten (unfairly) in the end, her epic filibuster called national attention to a bill that might otherwise have sailed through without much resistance. She got people angry, got them talking, and brought attention to the way legislatures in many states have been slowly chipping away at abortion rights.
Luckily for us, we’ll be seeing more of Wendy now that she’s running for governor. She’s up against tough opposition: it’s been 20 years since a Democrat held a major statewide office in Texas. But if we know anything about Wendy, it’s that she’s a resilient badass, and if there’s anyone who can stand up to a tough race, it’s her. The woman was a teenage single mother who went on to graduate from Harvard Law. I think she can handle some grumpy old men. Plus, her famous filibuster earned her a lot of political capital.
Whether or not Wendy wins, I’m glad she’s in the race. Not just because she’s awesome, but because there need to be more female candidates for major political offices like that. You GO, Wendy. In honor of her run for governor, here are 7 of Wendy’s best quotes.
1. Before her filibuster:
Today I am going to talk about the path these leaders have chosen and about the dark place it will take us. I will try to explain the history of the failed legislation before us, the impact of that legislation and, most importantly, what history tells us about these policies and the motivations behind them. They do real damage to our state and to the families whose rights are violated and whose personal relationship with their doctor and their creator are being violated.
2. In an article for CNN after the filibuster:
Real Texans don’t want any woman to die of cancer because she can’t get decent health care or medical advice. Real Texans don’t want any woman to lose control of her life because she can’t get birth control.
3. When asked what she would say directly to Governor Rick Perry:
Gov. Perry… let’s stop demonizing women who face very difficult choices in their life. Let’s make sure that we don’t close down 37 of the 42 clinics in Texas and leave women with nowhere to go and put them in a situation where there health will be at risk… I would say to him, that I had the privilege of making a choice about the path I chose for my life. I’m so proud of my daughters but I could never for a moment put myself in the shoes of another woman confronting a difficult personal choice and it really isn’t for him to make statements like that.
4. During her filibuster:
Lawmakers, either get out of the vagina business, or go to medical school.
5. While announcing her bid for governor:
I dreamt of a road that could lead to college, but after a while, it looked like life had washed that road out. By the time I was 19, I was already on my way to divorce, living in a tiny trailer with my daughter, Amber. I was barely making ends meet. And sometimes, they didn’t.
6. General awesomeness:
You won’t change things unless you are prepared to fight, even if you don’t win. But I do hate losing.
7. When she’s not busy being a filibustering badass:
I’m happy in Lululemon, with a glass of red wine, watching HGTV.