Youngest Woman in Congress: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC)
When the name Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (AOC) enter your mind, you either have one of two reactions.
You start convulsing and seething, enraged at the thought of her, or, like me, you're filled with hope, conviction, and optimism with a lot of yasss queen sprinkled throughout.
AOC, as she's most commonly referred to, is the youngest woman in Congress, and she's what we've all wanted our elected officials to be like; bold, unapologetically real, and relatable. Wouldn't it be great if all of our representatives on both sides of the aisle had this type of gusto?
Her rise to Congresswoman
Alexandria Ocasio Cortez's rise to the top has been an inspirational and impressive story. One to tell those that require motivation and push to know that you too can reach for the stars-that virtually nothing is unattainable.
She's the woman that doesn’t tolerate nonsense from anyone and claps back at her critics with the best comebacks. She's not coy about speaking her mind or standing up for what's right. She serves the people who don't have a voice by bringing ideas and proposals to help everyone.
Like all Millenials, AOC uses social media, wit, and sass to spread her message. She commands attention even when she's cooking at home or de-potting a plant. People listen.
AOC was born in the Bronx borough of New York City in 1989 and didn't come from wealth, nor was anything handed to this Boricua. Her story is of hard work, perseverance, and dedication. Politics aside, only consider her tenacity to get things done. Cortez is like any one of the many hardworking women that live among us.
The Green New Deal, is it really that controversial?
She threatens the status quo, and that, friend, is a good thing. Like many of us, she wants to see change sooner than later, especially when it comes to climate change, which affects us on a global scale. She's introduced a plan called the Green New Deal, the goal of which is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to circumvent the catastrophic consequences of climate change.
If there is any topic we should all agree on is climate change. The issue surrounding climate change is controversial, I know. Some don't believe in climate change, but the facts are there, regardless of what you choose to believe. Over the last few decades, we've seen a shift to higher heat waves, droughts, and rising sea levels, especially in this last decade.
Fortunately, more and more people are waking up to the correlation that these shifts in the environment are caused by climate change, with 72% of public opinion believe climate change is real, according to a Yale study.
AOC's Green New Deal will press the U.S. government to tackle not only the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, but it also pushes for the creation of high-paying jobs, cleaner air, and water plus healthy foods and basic human rights for all. When you read the proposed initiative, you'll see that it's the best thing for our country and our future. Ocasio Cortez's mission is to bring prosperity, justice, and equality to all people within the U.S. borders.
She has the guts and grit that has positively disrupted the institution, and I'm here for all of it—a true icon in the making.