Who Runs the World? These Are the Most Powerful Women in U.S. Politics

As of January 2019, there are 102 women in the U.S. House of Representatives. While women account for just 23.4% of the total U.S. Reps, women are running for office (and winning) in unprecedented numbers. Whether Democrat or Republican, their power feels more palpable than ever. From newcomers like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to seasoned political pros like Nancy Pelosi, these women are the leading voices in Washington D.C. and beyond and are here to remind us who really runs the world.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is a Rising National Power

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made waves when she defeated Rep. Joe Crowley in the New York primary in June 2018 with 57.13% of the vote. The Democratic Socialist is a political newbie so her win against Crowley, one of the most powerful Democrats in Congress, was shocking. Just five months later, Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress at 29 years old.

The Latina and Bronx native campaigned on a deeply progressive platform which included abolishing ICE, supporting single-payer healthcare, infrastructure projects for renewable energy, and a 70% marginal tax rate for incomes above $10 million. While Ocasio-Cortez seems to be under constant scrutiny for her views, there’s no doubt that she’s a rising national power and her influence (particularly among young liberals) shouldn’t be ignored.

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