Meet the Team: Gilda

By Gilda Geist by on July 15, 2019

"Being a politics major, most of the intellectual spaces available to me are dominated by men, so working with a team of driven and intelligent women at RepresentWomen is refreshing. I look forward to learning something new from all of them."

I’m Gilda and I’m a sophomore at Brandeis University studying English, politics, and journalism. I like to start off each morning by drinking a cup of tea and getting angry about whatever they’re talking about on The New York Times’ news podcast, The Daily. The combination of caffeine and frustration with the state of American politics propels me through each and every day here at RepresentWomen. 

A few miscellaneous facts about me: I’m from Silver Spring, Maryland; the Netflix documentary about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Knock Down the House, made me ugly cry; and I like to relax by knitting (badly) while listening to This American Life

As a news editor for my school newspaper, much of my writing during the school year has to remain unbiased and devoid of my own opinions. Although I love what I do on my school paper, I am excited to express my thoughts and feelings on voting methods, women’s representation, gender quotas, and more at RepresentWomen. 

Being a politics major, most of the intellectual spaces available to me are dominated by men, so working with a team of driven and intelligent women at RepresentWomen is refreshing. I look forward to learning something new from all of them.

Working for RepresentWomen is important to me because I believe women are natural-born leaders. I can think of at least a dozen strong, smart women I know who would make better politicians than most of the men who continue to populate public offices. There is so much untapped potential within the women who don’t manage to overcome the systemic unequal barriers preventing them from succeeding in politics, such as unfair electoral systems, antiquated gender roles, and people telling women they can’t. I hope that the actions I take and the work I do here at RepresentWomen will have an impact in helping women take their rightful place in politics.