Woop, it’s that time again – Woman of the Week.
“Women like me aren’t supposed to run for office.”
If you’re a feminist, member of the worldwide Girl Gang or pay attention to the news at all, this won’t come as much surprise to you. But last week, on June 26th 2018, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won the Democratic primary in New York’s 14th congressional district, defeating the 10-term incumbent Joseph Crowley. Considering the date (July 4th), this WotW is especially poignant. Ocasio-Cortez is 28 years old. She was born and raised in the Bronx, to working class Puerto Rican parents. Just seven months ago, the Latina socialist candidate was still working as a bartender to help support her family.
If successful in winning her 2019 general election, she will be the youngest woman to ever be elected to congress and undoubtedly the first of a new generation of leaders. Should she defeat her Republican opponent, she will arrive in Washington with a clear progressive agenda - to push for "Medicare for all," the abolition of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and legislation to drag big money out of politics. She campaigned for tuition-free universities and public schools, and supports federal job guarantees. Ocasio-Cortez stands for abolishing the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. On June 28th, she also claimed that she would support the impeachment of President Trump.
When asked about feminism, she said “Ultimately feminism is about choosing the destiny that they want for themselves. If a woman wants to stay at home with her children, that should be a choice that she can pursue. On the flip side, if a woman wants to choose an entirely different life for herself, we need to make that possible as well.”
We're all behind you, girl.