In an Instagram Live, Ocasio-Cortez revealed that she is a survivor of sexual assault and what happened to her during the Capitol riots. Advocates and experts say this could help other trauma survivors who suffer in silence.
From Kamala Harris’s infamous “I’m speaking” to Megan Thee Stallion’s public call to “Protect Black Women,” here are 10 memorable and stinging comebacks launched by feminists that our future grandchildren will probably see in their history books some day.
Speakers—including Michelle Obama, Bernie Sanders, Ady Barkan, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Kamala Harris, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton—addressed the public through a virtual Democratic National Convention. Speeches included pleas to vote, praises for youth involvement, recognition of empathy and calls to keep fighting.
In every issue of Ms., we track research on our progress in the fight for equality, catalogue can’t-miss quotes from feminist voices and keep tabs on the feminist movement’s many milestones. We’re Keeping Score online, too—in in this biweekly round-up.
This week: the death of civil rights activist and Congressman John Lewis; a pattern of misogyny among conservative thinkers; Rosie the Riveter is back at it; Greta Thunberg’s big donation; Army Reserve will be led by a woman for the first time ever; Cal State undergrads must take an ethnic studies or social justice class; Latinos became the largest group of accepted prospective freshmen at the University of California; women delaying pregnancy; and more.
The special venom and bigotry behind such slurs lobbed at women of color are unmistakable as history teaches us.
For me, that’s why Ms. Mary Hamilton’s story comes to mind.
AOC claps back to Republican Rep. Ted Yoho’s response to his own sexist attack on her on the steps of the Capitol on Monday.
The Squad and its allies used pics, videos, quotes and even cookies (!) this week to speak out against hateful rhetoric coming from the White House—and we are all for it. Check out our Instagram roundup!
“Despite [the president’s] attempts to marginalize us and to silence us, please know that we are more than four people. We ran on a mandate to advocate for and represent those ignored, left out and left behind. Our squad is big.”
The four women in Knock Down the House are not running because they have been told they deserve to run, and they aren’t competing because they were bred to pursue higher office. They ran because their communities were invisible, because their families were suffering—and because nobody else was standing up for them.
We as a nation will not survive if we continue to pass (or not pass) policies based on tired, antiquated thinking—and that’s why we need women like AOC and Ilhan Omar to ruffle feathers, rabble-rouse and continue causing good trouble.