“THIS IS NOT NEW, AND THAT IS THE PROBLEM”
No matter where you lie on the political spectrum, it can be clearly seen that D-NY Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of the 14th congressional district will not be silenced when it comes to her beliefs of what is right and wrong.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, also known as AOC, was a victim of workplace sexism on July 23 by Florida Rep. Ted Yoho on the floor of the House of Representatives. “Yoho put his finger in my face, he called me disgusting, he called me crazy, he called me out of my mind, and he called me dangerous,” Cortez said in her speech on the House floor.
There is no way around stating it as an act of discourtesy. He called someone of equal rank “disgusting,” “crazy,” “out of their mind,” and “dangerous” and even more so going as far as calling her a “f•cking b•tch” on live television. It’s normal for politicians to be at each other’s throats, but at what point does the line get drawn? At what point will America come to understand that this is a public example of sexism in the workplace?
I’m sure it comes as no surprise that most women have dealt with workplace discrimination. It’s no secret that there is still a pressing stigma against women in positions that were previously thought to be male roles. These situations of workplace sexism still happen, no matter how many victims have been silent.
Unlike many victims of this type of abuse, AOC knows that her platform provides her with opportunity. She has the opportunity to share to the United States of America, that this workplace sexism is NEVER something that should be overlooked.
AOC gave a powerful speech discussing sexism in the workplace. At around 10 minutes long, this speech touched on all of the reasons why this discrimination is overlooked.
In her speech, AOC mentioned how this seems to be a routine thing with the Republican party. Rep. Yoho has not been the only Republican Party member who has discriminated against her:
“Because not only have I been spoken to disrespectfully, particularly by members of the Republican Party and elected officials in the Republican Party, not just here, but the President of the United States last year told me to go home to another country, with the implication that I don’t even belong in America.”
AOC is bringing a whole new outlook to the world of politics. She is not afraid to say what she feels, and she is not afraid to share that she has been disrespected by other members of the workplace. She expresses that this is an everyday issue, not just in the political sphere. Rep. Yoho tried to deflect AOC’s claims by stating that he has a wife and daughter as if that gives him a reason to treat AOC this way. This lead AOC to mention that having a wife and daughter at home are not grounds to call a man a “good” man. She proved her point further when stating that although Rep. Yoho has a daughter, AOC herself is two years younger than Rep. Yoho’s daughter.
Cortez expressed her concern for the country now that Rep. Yoho has proven that you can still be in a position of authority and look down upon women. Cortez and Yoho are both members of the House of Representatives; there is no reason in the world as to why she should not be treated equally.
AOC finished off her speech by sharing that these types of things happen all the time:
“It happens every day in this country. It happened here on the steps of our nation’s Capital. It happens when individuals who hold the highest office in this land admit, admit to hurting women, and using this language against all of us.”
She made it clear that she wasn’t asking for an apology. She made it clear that Rep. Yoho would not lose sleep over the topic. She spoke out, so people realize that this is a very pressing problem in society as we know it.
A few weeks after AOC’s speech went viral, she ended up being the target of President Donald Trump’s press conference.
August 13, President Donald Trump, spoke poorly of AOC and many other powerful females in the press. “AOC was a poor student. I won’t say where she went to school, it doesn’t matter,” Trump stated. “This is not even a smart person, other than she’s got a good line of stuff. I mean, she goes out and she yaps. These guys, they’re all afraid of her.”
Considering AOC has been publicly discriminated against by President Donald Trump before, she knew exactly how to handle the situation.
AOC did not take these situations lightly. For there to be change, someone has to stand up and say enough is enough. That is exactly what AOC did in her speech to the House.
No matter where you are on the political spectrum, AOCs situation handling skills can be respected. She is not quiet, she is not timid, and she is not afraid to stand up for what she believes in. At only 30-years-old she is a powerful example of what it is like to be a woman in politics who is not afraid, and who will be a woman who will truly change the world.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a woman who should be applauded, a woman who should be seen as a role model, and a woman who will never be silenced. But most of all, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a politician who could change our world.