Tonight about 70 students, faculty, and Trinity administration gathered in the Rose Parlor to hear Rep. Donna Edwards speak. A few members of WSAC were able to attend this awesome event sponsored by the Trinity College Democrats, and I couldn’t have had a better time.
Congresswoman Donna Edwards is the Representative for Maryland’s 4th District. She was elected in 2008, and became the very first African American woman to ever represent Maryland in Congress. Even before Congress, she was a prominent lawyer and activist in her community. She has contributed to the success of multiple organizations such as Public Citizen, ARCA, and Center for a New Democracy. She was the co-founder and first executive director of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, which is a legal support and advocacy group for battered women. She also contributed to the passing of the 1994 Violence Against Women Act.
I am ashamed to say that I didn’t know much about Rep. Donna Edwards and where she stands on Women’s Issues. Congresswoman Edwards is a major supporter of reproductive rights, as well as an avid advocate for Domestic Violence victims and awareness. She has supported the ratification of CEDAW, as well as Abstinence-PLUS sex education in schools. She strongly supports same sex domestic partnerships, and voted to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
I am so grateful to have had the chance to meet Congresswoman Edwards and learn about her and what she stands for. She is truly an inspiration!