‘I Am Someone’s Daughter, Too’: Ocasio-Cortez, House Democrats Call Out ‘Culture’ Of Sexism In Congress

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‘I Am Someone’s Daughter, Too’: Ocasio-Cortez, House Democrats Call Out ‘Culture’ Of Sexism In Congress

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Over a dozen House Democrats, led by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), took to the House floor on Thursday to call out a “culture” of sexism in Congress following an incident in which Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) was overheard calling Ocasio-Cortez a “fucking bitch” on the Capitol steps.

KEY FACTS

  • Ocasio-Cortez described the comments as “not deeply hurtful or piercing,” comparing Yoho’s language to that of ejected bar patrons and harassers on the New York City subway.
  • “This is not new, and that is the problem,” Ocasio-Cortez declared, alleging there is “a culture of... impunity, of accepting of violence and violent language against women and an entire structure of power that supports that."
  • Over the course of an hour, Ocasio-Cortez was buttressed by her Democratic colleagues, male and female, including House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), who said Yoho’s comments are not just an issue for women, but “an issue for fathers. This is an issue for sons. This is an issue for brothers.”

Click here to read the full article published by Forbes on 23 July 2020.

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