Lt. Col. Amy McGrath was the first female Marine to fly an F-18 in a combat mission, and now, she’s running for Andy Barr’s seat in Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District. Her campaign ad will give you chills.
Contrary to what some of you may think, I couldn’t care less about politics, but someone sent me the video of McGrath’s ad announcing her run today and I was so impressed I had to share:
McGrath, an Edgewood, Kentucky native, grew up wanting to fly fighter jets but when she was 13, was informed by her congressman that she wouldn’t be able to because “women ought to be protected and not allowed to serve in combat.” She pursued her dream anyways and while she was at the Naval Academy, the law changed. From there, she started a 20-year military career in which she flew 89 combat missions, including bombings targeting al Qaeda and the Taliban. She’s not the only trailblazer in her family; McGrath’s mother, a polio survivor, was one of the first women to graduate from UK Medical School.
Now, McGrath’s story is going viral. Today alone, it’s been featured on CNN, The Washington Post, NBC News, The Hill, Esquire, and practically every major news outlet you can think of. Argue about politics all you want, but the one thing we can all agree on today is that Lt. Col. Amy McGrath is a badass.