Who’s running the world now?
Strong women everywhere are breaking barriers and paving the path for our future. Despite many hurdles, both visible and invisible, female leaders push on with grit and determination.
At just 29 years old, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tops the list. She’s the youngest woman to be elected to Congress and unafraid to make headlines.
She doesn’t “do” politics like the old guard, perhaps because she didn’t have their advantages. She waitressed while campaigning to become the US Representative for New York’s 14th congressional district, leading some critics to mock her humble roots. She called her critics out on Twitter:
“I find it revealing when people … say they’re going to ‘send me back to waitressing,’ as if that is bad or shameful. It’s as though they think being a member of Congress makes you intrinsically ‘better’ than a waitress.”
As a Millennial politician, she’s shared much of her journey on social media. When an old video emerged of her dancing as a student at Boston University, she filmed herself dancing at the door of her office and posted it with the comment, “I hear the GOP thinks women dancing are scandalous. Wait till they find out Congresswomen dance too!”
There’s a lot we can learn from this powerhouse. First and foremost, we don’t have to apologize for being one of the less experienced or youthful people at the table. Alexandria knows she brings a fresh perspective and energy to Capitol Hill. Just because you’re learning the ropes doesn’t mean you can’t speak up.
Here are 10 more lady boss lessons from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that are sure to leave you inspired.