The existence of such a writing career speaks to the duality that is Abrams’ existence. She’s a policy wonk who studied tax law because working in the mayor’s office showed her that if she wanted to be a public servant, she needed to understand how the entire system worked. And she’s also someone who watches, as she told Vogue, “an inordinate amount of television,” a pop culture junkie just as unafraid to debate the frivolous stuff as she is to tackle the fight to make the American system work to its fullest for all its citizens.
In 2002, at the age of 29, she was appointed Atlanta’s deputy city attorney by Mayor Shirley Franklin, the first woman to hold the job and first Black woman to be elected mayor of a major Southern city. Four years later, Abrams ran for and was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives. By 2011, she’d become the Democratic Party minority leader.
Voting rights have become the bedrock of Abrams’ civic career. In 2013, she created the New Georgia Project, a voter registration nonprofit. But after her narrow loss in the 2018 race to be Georgia’s governor—a race that made her the first Black woman to earn