Mar 2, 2020
Women's History Month: Honoring AOC
March is Women’s History Month. In honor of this time of year, Equality NC is creating space to honor women whose work, lives and legacies have proven integral to the advancement of lived equality for marginalized folks. We hope you’ll enjoy these weekly profiles throughout the month, and consider the ways in which these individuals have laid the foundation for ENC’s work across our state today.
Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, or AOC, is the youngest person to serve in the United States Congress and a possibility model for millions of young people across our country. She comes from a working class background and is famed for having worked as a bartender prior to her run for US Congress. Her win in 2018 was inspiring, ousting a 10-term incumbent, Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley, through a grassroots campaign with only a tenth of the financial backing. As a result, she has inspired other young, diverse people to run for politics who historically may have felt shut out by the system.
AOC is also admired for her innovative use of social media to connect with constituents, a form of engagement that has proven particularly important for younger generations. She’s become a bit of a cultural icon, and will even appear as a guest judge on the upcoming season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”
Her progressive politics capture the intersectional approach our movement needs out of leadership, and challenges systems that have made life harder for LGBTQ people and people of color since this country was founded. The work of Equality North Carolina is bound with this world of intersectional activism. This Women’s History Month, we’re asking you to consider supporting the work of ENC as we continue to fight for a world more just and equitable world for black folks, queer folks, and everyone marginalized by power and privilege.