By RepresentWomen on June 18, 2020
By Corinne Bennett
"Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn't be that women are the exception." -Ruth Bader Ginsburg
My name is Corinne Bennett and I am a Masters student at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) who has a desire to both be at the table and bring others along with me. So far, my time at SAIS has allowed me to pursue research in the areas of women, peace, and security. When women find themselves with a seat at the table, peace agreements are 35% more likely to last at least 15 years. To create a more peaceful, equitable world, women need to be at the forefront of decision-making.
I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t hyper-focused on the disparities surrounding me, from lack of women's representation in government to the need to amplify the voices of people of color and minority groups. My first major presentation was on female genital mutilation (FGM), where I educated my high school sophomore classmates on the harmful practice and ways to mitigate it. From research on FGM to women in peacebuilding in Liberia, my passion for women’s rights and female representation drives everything I do.
I am excited to work with RepresentWomen as a Research Intern and be a part of the amazing research they do to advocate for gender parity, both nationally and internationally. RepresentWomen’s mission of advancing reforms for bipartisan collaboration and representation inspires me, because women deserve the chance to run, win, serve, and lead in all branches of government.
I was born inquisitive and a natural skeptic, which means you can probably find me deep in the weeds of research or my head buried in a book. These two traits have served me well in both my graduate studies and my previous work experiences. Speaking of books, I can’t get enough of them, averaging 100 books read every year. Other than reading, you can find me cooking with my husband, out for a walk with our sweet Border Collie pup, Heidi, or rewatching Gilmore Girls for the 100th time.