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Question of Personal Privilege

Floor Speech

Date: July 23, 2020
Location: Washington, DC

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Ms. CLARK of Massachusetts. Madam Speaker, as we all know, sexism isn't new to Congress, and it is not new to America. It happens in homes, in schools, and in all places of work.

The behavior, the language, and the assault wielded against my colleague was disgusting, inappropriate, and endemic of the toxic masculinity that permeates our culture and our country.

Slurs like the one used by Representative Yoho are meant to degrade, objectify, and belittle women. It was an attempt to dismiss her, her role in this body, and her position altogether.

All women have experienced this to some degree, but so often, it is women of color who are singled out. When we hear comments like this, men and boys think it is appropriate. Women and girls expect it.

Today, we stand with our colleague. We will not accept this behavior anymore. We will not be made to feel less than. This is our House, and we are claiming our space.

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