By Natalie Ramirez
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York
There aren’t many influential women in the political world, but Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, or AOC, is one. Alexandria has had several men try and put her down, such as Representative Ted Yoho, who called her several names. AOC is now shaking up the political world by being the main voice for the younger generation and many are hoping that they do not get on the bad side of this fierce woman.
AOC was born on October 13, 1989, into a Puerto Rican family who was considered a working-class family. She grew up in the Bronx and attended Boston University where she majored in economics and international relations. While she was in college, Alexandria worked in Senator Ted Kennedy’s office where she was able to focus on immigration issues. Once she returned home from college, she became a community organizer. As a community organizer, she helped local politicians who were running for mayor and helped their campaign. Then, the rescission struck and her father passed away from cancer and this tragedy made the family struggle financially. In order to help her family, AOC took up several restaurant jobs that were considered low wage. (Biography.com)
On June 26, 2018, Alexandria made history, beating out 10 term Congressmen, Joe Crowley. Crowley was the fourth most powerful Democrat in the House of Representatives. On November 6, she officially became the youngest woman to be elected to Congress. When she beat out Joe Crowley, Alexandria stated: “This is not an end, this is the beginning.” (Biography.com) She also stated the reason she beat out Crowley was because the community is more important than the donors. AOC was sworn in by the House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, on January 3, 2019.
Alexandria believes in abolishing ICE, criminal justice reform, tuition-free college, and universal healthcare and has helped write the green new deal. (Biography.com) Representative Cortez believes in these things mainly because of her background. She strives for affordable healthcare for all because of her father’s death. Coming from a family that was not very rich, Alexandria also struggled to pay tuition in college herself, and now is fighting for the coming generations so they don’t have to struggle like her, or possibly even worse.
AOC’s speech talking about how Representative Ted Yoho called her names has gone viral. She talks about how Representative Yoho attacked her on the steps of the U.S Capitol. He put his finger in AOC’s face and called her crazy and dangerous, along with saying that she is out of her mind. Alexandria came out and said that she froze during the confrontation because of how short she is and how she felt Yoho was towering over her. But the young New York Representative handled him with class and told him he was acting rude and walked away from him. When she was walking away, Ted Yoho took it to the next level and called her a “f****** b****”. A reporter who was standing nearby saw the whole exchange go down, and soon everyone knew what Yoho had done. AOC came out later and said how her parents taught her to never accept abuse from men. (Michelle Ruiz, Vanity Fair) AOC inspires many women around our nation and has kicked down many doors and is ready to kick down more.