Rep.-elect Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) has had a busy week.
On Wednesday, the Massachusetts congresswoman-elect gave her farewell address to the Boston City Council — where she has served since 2010.
Reps.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) made the trip to support their friend, who was praised by her council colleagues for having “changed the course of history in the city of Boston” and for being “the great destroyer of glass ceilings.”
Pressley was also part of the chorus of new House Democrats who expressed displeasure with an orientation event that was “cohosted by a corporate lobbyist group” on Thursday.
Now, the Massachusetts Democrat is taking aim at sexist criticism of her new congressional colleagues.
On Thursday, Elle released a video in which many of the newly-elected women of the Democratic House majority — who will be seated on January 3 — read the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution.
For the United States of America. pic.twitter.com/sQUkMH4Urx
— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) December 6, 2018
The video highlights the fact that the new Congress will be the most diverse in U.S. history.
But as is always the case with anything good, some people — specifically men — aren’t feeling as inspired by this political progress.
Apparently taking President Donald Trump’s cue that it’s a “very scary time for young men,” a number of men have sent the Massachusetts Democrat panicked tweets about the lack of male representation in Elle’s video.
Pressley acknowledged the male tears and suggested they use their outcry for some much-needed introspection on Friday.
To all the men responding to this @ELLEmagazine video w/a range of (some) well meaning but mostly tone deaf queries of, “Where are the men?” Ask yourself when, if ever you asked that ? re: women when men have dominated every power narrative & space for generations? #aboutdamntime https://t.co/drRHsUJ0Vo
— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) December 7, 2018
The 44-year-old Democrat, who was the first woman of color on the Boston City Council, will become the first Black woman to represent Massachusetts in Congress next month. Pressley defeated longtime Rep. Mike Capuano (D-MA) in September’s Democratic primary for the Bay State’s 7th congressional district, which includes parts of Boston and its surrounding suburbs.