By Katie Murnane on January 23, 2020
“If you want to lift up humanity, empower women. It is the most comprehensive, pervasive, high-leverage investment you can make in human beings.” Melinda Gates, Moment of Lift
Hi, my name is Katherine Murnane, but I go by Katie! I am originally from Fairfield, CT, and will be graduating from Marist College with a B.A in Political Science in May. I decided to come to DC for my final semester because I am hoping to move here after I graduate and was so excited about the opportunity to learn more about the city and its politics firsthand. I couldn’t be more excited to intern here at RepresentWomen!
At Marist, I have done independent research on public healthcare in the UK, the Happiness Index, as well as presidential responses to white supremacist movements. My education has made me interested in so many different aspects of the political world, that it makes it difficult to pin down just one that I am passionate about. Gender, however, has intersected with every policy area I have studied- it is clear that democracy can not flourish without an equal society. That is why I think the mission of RepresentWomen is so important, a government of equality is a better government!
In the Fall of 2018, while studying abroad as a Hansard Scholar in London, I interned for the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee. During my internship, the chair of the committee was Nicky Morgan, a Conservative MP. While I was initially a bit nervous about working for a Conservative Member, I quickly learned that she was a huge champion of women’s rights as well as protecting the rights of vulnerable financial consumers in the UK (for example, the elderly, people with mental illness, and people with disabilities). My favorite part of my internship was being able to attend a Women in Finance roundtable at Bloomberg with the Chair, where women from across the industry discussed the culture of finance and how it can be changed to be more inclusive. The most important thing I learned during this internship was that goals such as gender equality do not have to be partisan but, can and should be something everybody works to achieve together.
In my free time I love to catch up on recent movies and television (I’m a big fan of awards season- I fill out ballots for the Golden Globes, Oscars, and Emmys), bake and cook recipes from the Bon Appetit YouTube Channel, and explore my new home in DC! I commute from Tenleytown, which gives me a little less than an hour of free time on the Metro, which I plan to use to listen to more episodes of Pod Save America and The Daily!