The Squad

What does The Squad mean?

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib are known as ‘The Squad’

‘The Squad’ is a term used to refer to four female U.S. politicians namely, AOC, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib. These ladies were all elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2018 and it was AOC who gave them this nickname on Instagram, just a week after the election.

What makes these women stand out and earn the title of ‘The Squad’ is not just their young age, all being under 50 at the time of their election, but also their shared identity as people of color. This new wave of representation in the U.S. House of Representatives is seen as a significant shift in American politics.

But ‘The Squad’ is not just known for their age and ethnicity. They have also gained a reputation for their progressive ideals, which they have not hesitated to express, even if it means clashing with Republicans and some Democrats. AOC may be the most well-known of them, but all four women are often referred to by conservatives as the face of progressivism, especially on issues like the environment, health care, the economy, and immigration.

Even the U.S. President, Donald Trump, has used the nickname ‘The Squad’ to refer to these four Congresswomen, though they did not appreciate it. During a presidential debate against Joe Biden in October 2020, Trump referred to them as “AOC plus three”. The women responded by saying they felt disrespected for being addressed by a nickname rather than their proper titles and names.

Example for using ‘The Squad’ in a conversation

Hey, have you heard of The Squad?

Yeah, I have! It’s a group of four politicians, right?

Exactly! It includes Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib.

Oh, I’ve seen them on the news. They’re known for their progressive ideas, right?

Yes, that’s correct. They’re often seen as the face of progressivism and advocate for issues like healthcare, the environment, and immigration.

Got it. They’ve definitely made an impact in the House of Representatives.