By: Katherine Ackermann
The buzz in the air is that Oprah Winfrey may be running for President in 2020. A lot of people excitedly jumped to the idea. At the same time, a lot of people are hesitant. Another celebrity? Donald Trump went from billionaire celebrity to President, and the results haven’t been pretty. But, Oprah is different. Yes, she’s a celebrity, but she is so much more than that.
Oprah Winfrey was born in Mississippi, and has a troubled childhood dealing with sexual abuse from many men close to her life. She later moved to Nashville with her father, and began school at the Tennessee State University in 1971, working in radio and television.
Five years later, she started hosting a Baltimore TV chat show, People Are Talking. There was an extensive search for a new anchor for the show, and out of hundreds of audition tapes, Oprah Winfrey’s caught the director’s eye.
He says, “She was relating a story about something that had happened at City Council, and she explained it so well. Knowing nothing about the politics of the place, I understood exactly what had happened and the significance. It made her hugely different from anyone else I had seen.”
From the start, Oprah’s career was political. It was about breaking glass ceilings, and about making political-goings-ons to relatable and to everyday people, so that they could be involved and inspired too.
On top of the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Oprah Winfrey Network, Oprah’s Book Club, O Magazine, and more, she has been an activist and philanthropist throughout the years.
Winfrey has always been an activist for children’s rights. She created the Family for Better Lives foundation and in 1994 her fight for children’s rights was made big. President Clinton signed a bill created and proposed to Congress by our very own Oprah. It was her idea to create a nationwide database for convicted child abusers.
2007 was the year Obama ran for President for the first time, and Oprah was right by his side. Together, they drew huge crowds, and she spoke to the people, inspiring them every step of the way.
Winfrey did not have to be in Congress or any other form of government to have an impact on politics throughout her life. It is clear she is intelligent, safe-made, and cares about all people. As a President, she will make sure to include those who have so been excluded for so many years – women, black women, children, and others. And in order to leap forwards from this current Administration, we need someone who has always been ahead of her time.
Here at Planned Parenthood, we support women who support women, and women who fight every day for all people’s rights. This is what Oprah has done her entire life and career and will hopefully begin to do so directly in our government.
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