By Kaycie Goral on February 12, 2021
Gabriela Goodman is a research intern at RepresentWomen and a sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is studying Economics, Public Policy, and Business Administration. Her interests center around gender equity, advocacy, and research.
My name is Gabriela Goodman, and I am a sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studying Economics, Public Policy, and Business Administration. I couldn’t be more excited to be a research intern this semester at RepresentWomen.
I’ve longed to see more women in politics since my elementary school teacher showed my class a picture of past presidents and I only saw men. However, my interest in fighting the systemic obstacles to women’s representation began when I interned at a podcast company focused on uplifting women’s voices in politics. Through each trailblazing woman’s story I heard, I was simultaneously inspired and frustrated—inspired by the women’s tenacity with which they fought to succeed in a system that worked against them, and frustrated with the system they were forced to work within.
One of my favorite memories is volunteering to teach 4th grade civics classes and hearing the young girls excitedly discuss the women who were running for office in 2020. When I think of the need for gender parity in politics, I think of those 4th grade girls and my elementary school self who ached for representation. But I know that women’s representation means so much more than descriptive representation; women having more seats at the table will lead to more policies that consider issues that disproportionately impact women.
I was absolutely ecstatic when I found out about the critical work that RepresentWomen is doing, and I can’t wait to contribute to the mission. I’m particularly looking forward to exploring international research about gender parity.
In my free time, I enjoy hiking, cycling, and listening to true crime podcasts. Also, the newest pandemic hobby that I’ve taken up is knitting.