by Phoebe Spence, Burlington High School Register, April 8th, 2021.
“My first election was in fifth grade,” Ram said. “There were three boys running to be student council president of my elementary school in Los Angeles and I thought that it was a real tragedy that no women were running.”
She emphasized the importance of under-represented groups getting involved in politics and breaking social norms and barriers.
“People were like, ‘she’s very aggressive’, ‘she’s very loud’ you know, things that they call women, particularly women of color in politics,” Sen. Ram said as she explained people’s reactions to her racial, social, and environmental justice advocacy.
Sen. Ram’s journey into politics as a young woman of color led her to encourage others to involve themselves in politics and use their voice to uplift underrepresented groups.
“You have so much more power than you know,” Ram told the members of SPEC. “So it’s really not a question of who are you to run; it’s a question of who are you not to run.”