POLITICS

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Met Gala Dress Makes Bold Political Statement

Fellow New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney sent her own fashion statement on women’s rights at the charity event.

Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Carolyn Maloney of New York attended the Met Gala on Monday, and both wore their politics all over their dresses. 

In a white gown by Brother Vellies, progressive stalwart Ocasio-Cortez had the words “Tax the rich” scrawled in bright red down the back of her dress.    

Ocasio-Cortez has proposed raising the marginal tax rate to 70% for people who earn more than $10 million a year. The funds raised from such a tax increase on the very wealthy could fund public investments to combat the climate crisis, as the congresswoman has pushed. 

Maloney’s dress at the invite-only charity event had “ERA” written on it — for the Equal Rights Amendment — along with “Equal rights for women” printed several times down her cape. 

The Equal Rights Amendment would make discrimination based on one’s sex illegal. While it was introduced nearly 100 years ago, it has yet to make it into the Constitution. Lawmakers in Congress are pushing legislation to finalize ratification of the ERA.