It was only a matter of time before Elizabeth Warren was featured in our brilliant rainbow frame and named our monthly Patron Saint of Feminism. The collective admiration we all have for her is a palpable charge that runs through The Sirens’ very wiring.
In fact, I clearly remember the first time I was ever introduced to this extraordinary woman. It was in 2013, one year after she had been elected the first woman Senator of Massachusetts.
She was on the Senate floor ripping apart the Republicans threatening a government shutdown over a clause in the Affordable Care Act that included employer coverage of birth control. Actually… it’s probably best to let Warren speak for herself:
That was it. She was on my radar, and each new video viewed brought with it a higher level of respect and awe at the brilliant boldness of Elizabeth Warren.
After her landmark victory to the United States Senate in 2012, she hit the ground running. She was appointed to Senate Special Committee on Aging; the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee; and the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. She took on Wall Street and worked with President Barack Obama to fortify the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which had been created the year before after 2008’s disastrous real estate bubble burst that left millions of Americans battling foreclosure and financial ruin.
Warren is a champion for the America that I love. Many of us are terrified of what permanent damage our current political climate and ruling party will inflict on the country we love, and Warren is no different than the rest of us in that regard. She constantly takes the GOP and sycophantic Trump supporters to task and refuses to back down even when she’s told bluntly that it’s in her best interests.
Such was the case when Warren opted to read a letter from Coretta Scott King, the wife of Martin Luther King Jr., during the appointment hearing of then-potential attorney general Jeff ‘Keebler Elf’ Sessions. In the lengthy letter, King specifically accused Jeff Sessions of using “the awesome power of his office to chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens.” King wrote this letter in 1986, in opposition to the appointment of Sessions to federal judge. When Warren attempted to read said letter, the Republicans in the room silenced her, and instead had her removed from the floor. You can watch that exchange below:
“The Senator will take her seat.” Six little words was all it took for one man to end her right as a United States Senator to object the appointment of a known racist to run the highest, most powerful court in the land– perhaps the world. If it weren’t her right, or the fact that she was a WOMAN who had the audacity to speak against Trump’s then-favorite pet, the FOUR male Senators who read the same letter that got Warren removed from the Senate floor would have also been removed… right? Right.
When asked about the incident after it was all said and done, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had only this to say about ol’ Warren’s tricks:
This tiny, cowardly man was so affronted by Warren irrationally attacking Sessions that he never considered that simply allowing her to finish reading the goddamned letter would have caused very little fanfare, possibly even flying under the radar all together. But his choice to silence and remove her empowered not only Warren, but women and men across America who are sick and tired of being silenced for their choice to speak out against injustice. His explanation of, “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted” swept across the nation and morphed into a progressive battle cry.
I believe a big reason many of us admire Warren so thoroughly is because she walks the walk. She puts her money where her mouth is and gets shit done. She fights for the most important causes with equal gusto, and throws her considerable strength and determination into changing the world for the better, rather than pandering to extremists and lobbyists.
She may not be perfect, but that’s not what we ask of our icons. We simply ask for authenticity and genuine intentions, and with Senator Elizabeth Warren, we get BOTH in spades.