Every once in a while someone new appears on the national stage and gets noticed. Maybe it’s a courageous act that brings them attention, or an incredible achievement, or maybe it’s just the way they speak. Once in a long while all of these combine in a single person.
Alexandria Ocasio Cortez embodies all of these. A girl from the Bronx, born to minority parents who found her voice in politics, dared to take on one of the most established representatives in congress, won, and continues to make waves through the force of her personality and the clarity of her words. She listened to her community, spoke her mind and didn’t back down. Routinely in Congressional hearings, she asks pointed questions and helps break down complicated policy issues in a way that the average person can understand. She has illuminated some big holes in on our political system and advocates for rethinking of what has been taken for granted for generations. And what’s more, she makes politics and policy tangible for young people.
If you follow us on Facebook, you will have seen Saskia's Live from last week, where she talked about our company. We are 95% women and are deeply committed to women having a say not only in politics, but in all aspects of American life. Like her ideas or not, agree with her or not, Alexandria is an example of a strong, educated woman speaking her mind, not backing down, and standing up for what she believes. That is something we can all get behind.
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Alexandria Ocasio Cortez's pin: Lockwood store