Alexandria Oscasio-Cortez shared a wild story about what happens when politicians watch too much Fox News.

When Alexandria Oscasio-Cortez (D-NY) completed her historic election to Congress in 2018, plenty of people wondered if her momentum would carry over when she was off the campaign trail and forced to participate in the much quieter world of legislating.

Needless to say, she hasn’t missed a beat.

Part of what has kept AOC in the public spotlight is the unique approach she has taken to asking questions during congressional hearings.


Some people think she’s too flashy -- all spark and no substance. While her fans, and even some of her critics, have applauded her for asking the tough and honest questions that often get left behind in the hallowed halls of Congress.

During an appearance on “Late Night with Seth Myers” AOC said the reason her questions go viral isn’t because there’s anything special about her, other than her “secret” of paying her staff a living wage.

While noting she pays every member of her staff a living wage, no one makes less than $52,000, she even suggested Republicans do the same if they want to have better questions for their next hearing.

“If you pay your staff, you’ll be prepared,” she quipped.

AOC said it’s important because she’s been shocked at how uninformed many of her congressional colleagues are.

"One of the side-effects of this kind of Fox News lunacy is that other actual members of Congress believe it, and see it uncritically," she said. "So I was on the floor [of the House] once and this guy came up to me, and he was like, 'Is it true that you got $10 million from Netflix?' And I was like, 'No?' And it was like, in the well—we're voting on, like, gun reform. And I'm like, what else do you not know? This is concerning."

Then, things got a little weird, when AOC joked about all of the criticism she gets from moderate Democrats and conservatives. When Myers asked what that was all about, she wondered out loud, “Why are so many grown men obsessed with this 29-year-old?” before looking down at her dress and deciding maybe that’s a question not worth dwelling on.

However, she admitted that sometimes it’s at least entertaining. “It’s really funny and the conspiracy theories are great, too.”

But regardless of your political views, AOC makes a great point. We miss the days when congressional staffers and elected officials themselves were treasure troves of knowledge and experience.

Our government is meant to reflect and enforce our collective values. So, if we truly care about having an informed citizenry it’s time to insist that our members of Congress reflect that value by hiring, and paying, the best staffers available to help them do the best job of representing the people who sent them to Congress.

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Macy's and Girls Inc. believe that all girls deserve to be safe, supported, and valued. However, racial disparities continue to exist for young people when it comes to education levels, employment, and opportunities for growth. Add to that the gender divide, and it's clear to see why it's important for girls of color to have access to mentors who can equip them with the tools needed to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers.

Anissa Rivera is one of those mentors. Rivera is a recent Program Manager at the Long Island affiliate of Girls Inc., a nonprofit focusing on the holistic development of girls ages 5-18. The goal of the organization is to provide a safe space for girls to develop long-lasting mentoring relationships and build the skills, knowledge, and attitudes to thrive now and as adults.

Rivera spent years of her career working within the themes of self and community empowerment with young people — encouraging them to tap into their full potential. Her passion for youth development and female empowerment eventually led her to Girls Inc., where she served as an agent of positive change helping to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.

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Inspiring young women from all backgrounds is why Macy's has continued to partner with Girls Inc. for the second year in a row. The partnership will support mentoring programming that offers girls career readiness, college preparation, financial literacy, and more. Last year, Macy's raised over $1.3M for Girls Inc. in support of this program along with their Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programming for more than 26,000 girls. Studies show that girls who participated are more likely than their peers to enjoy math and science, score higher on standardized math tests, and be more equipped for college and campus life.

Thanks to mentors like Rivera, girls across the country have the tools they need to excel in school and the confidence to change the world. With your help, we can give even more girls the opportunity to rise up. Throughout September 2021, customers can round up their in-store purchases or donate online to support Girls Inc. at Macys.com/MacysGives.

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Earlier this year there was a series of incidents in which Asian-Americans were the targets of racist attacks inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Did you know that girls who are encouraged to discover and develop their strengths tend to be more likely to achieve their goals? It's true. The question, however, is how to encourage girls to develop self-confidence and grow up healthy, educated, and independent.

The answer lies in Girls Inc., a national nonprofit serving girls ages 5-18 in more than 350 cities across North America. Since first forming in 1864 to serve girls and young women who were experiencing upheaval in the aftermath of the Civil War, they've been on a mission to inspire girls to kick butt and step into leadership roles — today and in the future.

This is why Macy's has committed to partnering with Girls Inc. and making it easy to support their mission. In a national campaign running throughout September 2021, customers can round up their in-store purchases to the nearest dollar or donate online to support Girls Inc. and empower girls throughout the country.


Kaylin St. Victor, a senior at Brentwood High School in New York, is one of those girls. She became involved in the Long Island affiliate of Girls Inc. when she was in 9th grade, quickly becoming a role model for her peers.

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Within her first year in the organization, she bravely took on speaking opportunities and participated in several summer programs focused on advocacy, leadership, and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). "The women that I met each have a story that inspires me to become a better person than I was yesterday," said St. Victor. She credits her time at Girls Inc. with making her stronger and more comfortable in her own skin — confidence that directly translates to high achievement in education and the workforce.

In 2020, Macy's helped raise $1.3 million in support of their STEM and college and career readiness programming for more than 26,000 girls. In fact, according to a recent study, Girls Inc. girls are significantly more likely than their peers to enjoy math and science, to be interested in STEM careers, and to perform better on standardized math tests.

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