“Knock Down the House” is a Netflix documentary, and it’s amazing.
It goes behind the scenes of four women’s races for Congress in 2018. Each of these women challenged big-money politicians. One of the women featured was 29-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
In addition to her being a young female, Ocasio-Cortez’s mother was born in Puerto Rico and her father was born in The Bronx to a Puerto Rican family.
Ocasio-Cortez is the only one of the four featured who wins her race, taking down a 10-term unopposed Joe Crowley. She is now the U.S. Representative for New York’s 14th congressional district.
This documentary is so moving not only because these campaigns were started from scratch, with hardly any money behind them, but because of what these women went through during their races.
The documentary opens with the women getting ready to campaign. They talk about how it matters so much what they wear: how, as females, they have to be onpoint in their outfits, their hair, their makeup, everything, or people will question them. In contrast, men don’t have to put much thought into what they wear because they can wear a light-colored shirt and tie or a button-up shirt with the sleeves rolled up and they’re done.
At one point during Crowley’s campaign, a male supporter says, “I don’t know who this stupid woman is, but I’m voting for you.”
Throughout the whole documentary, these candidates face challenges due to their gender; Ocasio-Cortez in particular is targeted the entire race for being young and inexperienced.
Some of the women on the show were calling each other back-and-forth, and one very powerful statement made is, “We just need one of us.” In other words, just one female needs to be elected for the flood gates would open.
I’m not going to lie to you; It’s a tough one to watch. This forces you to put down rose-colored glasses and face the prevalence of sexism in this country.
So, if you do anything today with an hour and half, watch this documentary. But make sure you grab your tissues.