Today, Texas Senator Wendy Davis took to Twitter to announce she's running for governor, just months after the phrase "Stand With Wendy" became the pro-choice motto against an anti-abortion bill.
Today, Texas Senator Wendy Davis took to Twitter to announce she's running for governor, just months after the phrase "Stand With Wendy" became the pro-choice motto against an anti-abortion bill. So who exactly is Wendy Davis? She's a 50-year-old state senator who began working as a preteen to support her single mom and three siblings. Davis was also a teen mom, giving birth to her first daughter at age 19 and working two jobs to make ends meet. She pursued community college, and, with the help of loans and scholarships, she was able to graduate with honors from Harvard Law School at age 33. Now, she hopes to be the next governor of Texas.
You probably best remember Davis from the Summer headlines. On June 25, she achieved an amazing feat with her 10-hour filibuster in order to block a restrictive abortion bill that banned most abortions after 20 weeks and tightened the standards on abortion clinics and their doctors. Although the bill was eventually signed into law, she managed to block it that night with her filibuster. Clad in a suit and hot-pink running shoes, Davis declared she was speaking for those whose "personal relationships with their doctor and their creator" would be violated by the bill. She stood unaided until midnight and was not allowed to lean or take a bathroom break, though later in the evening, a fellow senator helped her put on a back brace. It also wasn't Davis's first filibuster: she took on Texas Governor Rick Perry and the Republican majority by forcing a special session in order to stop public school cuts in 2012.
Find out more about her filibuster and see the incredible video when you keep reading.