Chances are you haven’t heard of this woman until you logged on to your Twitter account on June 25th and your timeline is blown up with tweets tagged with the hashtags #StandWithWendy and #SB5. For 13 hours, your timeline has left the usual tweets of cat meme pictures and BuzzFeed links to motivated feminists retweeting tweets that cheer on Texas State Senator Wendy Davis and showing their support for a woman’s right to choose. The afternoon and night dragged on and for almost 13 hours State Senator Davis kept filibustering S.B. 5, a dangerous abortion bill that existed in Texas.
But, who exactly IS Wendy Davis?
Wendy Davis is a Texas State Senator that represents District 10, which covers a portion of Tarrant County in Texas. A strong willed woman with ambition and sass, Davis is a single mother, an attorney and an advocate for women. She has a full understanding of reproductive rights and health care, and flaunts it.
From unread testimonies, heartbreaking stories, to her ridiculous colleagues criticizing her for wearing a back brace, Senator Davis went through a lot on June 25th just to stand up for women… literally.
When’s the last time you’ve stood on a state legislature floor among hundreds of people for almost 13 hours without food, water, using the restroom, sitting down, leaning on anything, simply defending a cause and arguing with others who may disagree with you? Exactly my point. Although Senator Davis didn’t finish the expected 13 hours for her filibuster, she went through hell and back.
Women like Davis are the one’s standing up for women and our reproductive health. Whether it was 1970 or it’s 2013, women’s health has always been a hot topic. For the various reasons that may be, we owe it to these women.
I’m 15 years old. I should be going out to parties, hanging out with friends, and going to the movies on a Tuesday night during the summer. But, I’d rather spend it watching a filibuster on YouTube. All my life, abortion has been legal. Thankfully, I haven’t had to live in an America where abortion is illegal and women struggle to find a place to find an abortion. And yes, I often take that for granted.
No longer can we take it for granted. On the 25th, we saw how many state legislators are against women making their own health care decisions by speaking out against Davis on the floor. Bills, like S.B. 5 and legislators, like many of Davis’s colleagues, are anti-choice and us young women need to be aware of that.
Not every day can we go on the House or Senate floor, or even attend protests, for almost 13 hours a day like Davis and do what she did.
And you know what? Watching Senator Davis for almost 13 hours straight was totally worth it. Sure, I didn’t hang out with a friend or go see the latest movie, and I really didn’t get up for hours to use the bathroom or eat. But, for everything that she said and did on the Senate floor, I wouldn’t ever miss something like what she did. The least I could do to honor her and watch what she did. It’s historic and memorable. I’ll never forgot what happened on June 25, 2013.
We owe a HUGE thank you to Senator Davis for her hard work, dedication, motivation, (and her poor bladder and feet).
The next time I tell myself I can’t do something, I’ll remind myself on Davis. If she can stand on the Senate floor for almost 13 hours without food, water, leaning on anything, taking a bathroom break, etc., then I can do anything I set my mind to.
Kudos to you, Senator!