Hilaria Baldwin launches ‘Witches Anonymous’ podcast: ‘Please join our coven’
Facing the media on Thursday at her home, Hilaria Baldwin, CEO of the National Organization for Women, spoke about the importance of women’s activism. She said, “I have always been a feminist because I believe that women are important and we need to make sure that we have the rights and the resources to be able to make our voices heard.”
A decade ago, when she was elected as a state representative, she was one of the few women in her group who was also a practicing Christian. In a 2014 interview, she described the day she discovered that she had been elected to serve as a state representative as, “I went to my local YMCA and made a list of all the women who were going to vote for me, and there was one woman who had a black belt in judo. That was my first introduction. I was just blown away.”
At that time, she was the only person in the room who refused to make eye contact with someone who didn’t agree with her. She also was the only member of Congress who spoke out about how she was treated. In fact, she was the only one who did not vote to impeach President Obama, and she was the only one who did not vote to impeach Vice President Joe Biden. She was the only one who voted against a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would have added language to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act so the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court could review any electronic communication involving a “foreign intelligence” purpose without having to be presented with evidence that there is reason to believe that those involved in such communications are involved in criminal activity. She was also the only member of Congress who did not vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which resulted in the loss of health insurance for more than 20 million people.
Baldwin was a member of the congressional Women’s Caucus, and she sat on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. She was also on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. In 2003, when the American Civil Liberties