By Corinne Ahrens on October 15, 2019
"Working for RepresentWomen is important to me because their mission is concrete: increase the representation of women in politics while focusing on systems of reform; because no one can say, even though some may, that the underrepresentation of women in politics does not exist."
My name is Corinne and I am a sophomore at American University studying Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies along with Political Science, specializing in Gender, Race, and Politics. I love to read and write, especially about topics surrounding my WGSS studies and politics. My other interests include; blogging, listening to podcasts, drinking green tea lemonades from Starbucks, facetiming my siblings (Kendall-16 & Owen-3) that I miss so much, and excessively grooming my calendar/to-do lists.
I have been aware of gendered-differences ever since I was a young girl, and that awareness is what lead me to want to study WGSS in college. While I knew that I was a feminist and that women’s rights were important, I did not know how to connect those beliefs to a more concrete system. It was not until I heard a quote commonly used within second-wave feminism, “the personal is political,” that I started to understand that our “personal issues” are connected to a larger political web in which we are all entangled. While this was a great realization to have had, it did not feel so great when I looked into who was representing these “personal issues” of mine within politics- a lot of men and a little bit of women.
Working for RepresentWomen is important to me because their mission is concrete: increase the representation of women in politics while focusing on systems of reform; because no one can say, even though some may, that the underrepresentation of women in politics does not exist. It is a fact that women make up over 50% of the population but only 25% of the Senate, 23% of the House of Representatives, and 0% of United States presidents- which is ridiculous! Along with the concrete mission of increasing representation, I love that RepresentWomen focuses on non-partisan aspects of representation by encouraging political participation for all women regardless of party-affiliation.