Criticism of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s clothes echoes attacks against early female labor activists. As the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, 29-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has attracted much media attention. A young outspoken woman who defines herself as “an educator, an organizer, a working-class New Yorker,” Ocasio-Cortez has positioned herself as an outsider who... Continue Reading
Einav Rabinovitch-Fox is an American historian, specializing in women, gender and culture. She is a visiting assistant professor of history at Case Western Reserve University, focusing on American women's and gender history. Her research examines the broad intersections between gender, politics, modernity and culture. She is currently working on her book manuscript, Dressed For Freedom: American Feminism and the Politics of Women's Fashion, which explores the role of fashion and consumer culture in advancing feminist agendas and shaping gender, race and class identities during the long 20th century.