It was unthinkable that 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez could unseat Joe Crowley, a New York Democratic Representative in the House since 1999. She was such a longshot that many national media outlets, including the New York Times, didn't give her any coverage.
Ocasio-Cortez was completely overlooked, yet she defeated Crowley in a spectacular fashion - earning nearly 58-percent of the vote in the Democratic primary and demonstrating the power young women are gaining in politics.
What's most shocking might be the media's reaction to Ocasio-Cortez's upset. It's clear that her candidacy wasn't taken seriously, but she has proven that young women and people of color are finding their power and voice in politics. Women's roles as key organizers of grassroots protests - for example, the Women’s March that took place the last two years - in addition to the electoral power women have to help boost candidates are still being overlooked.
We hope Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is just one of many strong, powerful young women to make a significant impact in upcoming elections.