Just a few weeks after Rep. Ayanna Pressley revealed her bald head and battle with alopecia in a moving interview with The Root, she has finally debuted her crown on Capitol Hill.
On Wednesday (Jan. 29), the freshman Congresswoman from Massachusetts took to the House floor, wigless may we remind you, to introduce the Comprehensive Credit Act, a bill aimed at protecting everyday Americans from the current “fundamentally flawed” credit reporting system that seems to be stacked against consumers.
“In this country, our credit reports are reputational, determining where you can live, where you can work and how much it will cost you to finance everything from a car to a college degree. But our credit reporting system is fundamentally flawed, rife with inequities and disparities that stifle the upward mobility of millions of hardworking Americans,” she said addressing her colleagues.
“I am proud to rise in support of my comprehensive Crediting Reporting Enhancement, Disclosure, and Transparency or the Comprehensive Credit Act, a critical package of reforms that will improve our fundamentally flawed credit reporting system.”
Adding moments later, “American families are finding themselves trapped in cycles of debt, simply for trying to afford basic needs like healthcare and education.”
According to Boston.com, the bill was passed in the house that same day, but it’s unknown how it will fare when the bill reaches the mostly-Republican Senate.
“I hid in a bathroom stall. I felt naked, exposed, vulnerable. I felt embarrassed. I felt ashamed. I felt betrayed,” she told The Root.
Luckily, her journey has gotten better, she says, stressing that ”I’m making progress every day. And that’s why I’m doing this today.”
“It’s about self-agency. It’s about power. It’s about acceptance. It’s so interesting to me that right now on this journey, what I feel the most unlike myself is when I am wearing a wig. So I think that means I’m on my way.”
She jokes that she’s also given her wigs names after Michelle Obama and even OG.
There’s something incredibly empowering seeing Pressley open up and be so brave about what she is going through. Carry on sis, carry on!