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In 2019, a record number of women were members of the U.S. Congress. In addition to their in-creased participation, these congresswomen are more ethnically, racially, culturally, and class diverse. Two highly contrasting profiles show up in this political universe: the Establishment women led by Nancy Pelosi and the rebellious “Squad,” headed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. This article analyzes social networks, the press, and their legislative performance to contrast both styles of political representation. The author’s main finding is that the Squad and Establis-hment representatives do not differ in terms of presenting bills, voting, and funding sources; the main differences are found in their public discourse, their ideological platform, and their leader-ship styles.
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