The 29-year-old congresswoman, who sexist critics
have often derided as a "bimbo"
who has no place in Congress because she used to be a bartender
, spoke frankly of how the new crop of freshman congresswomen — specially those who are millennials like her and Hill, or people of colour like her, Tlaib, and Pressley — consistently face the fatal duality of nearly impossible standards to meet and the absolute lowest of expectations they will get there. "People think it’s a joke when folks say we have to work 2x as hard for the same seat. Whether you believe it or not, the upside is when we do get here, we’re used to being held to a diff bar," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted
. "To being doubted. To getting new hoops thrown @ us last min. So we know how to perform."