By RepresentWomen on June 23, 2021
My name is Karson Taylor, and I am a junior at American University’s School of Public Affairs in Washington, DC from a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. I am pursuing a B.A. in Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics and Government (CLEG) with a minor in psychology and certificates in Community-Based Research and Women, Policy and Political Leadership. Some of my relevant research experience thus far includes women and the media, women’s movements, and women and elections.
I am so 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 in the United States and throughout the globe. I am particularly inspired by RepresentWomen’s data-informed approach to give women of all backgrounds the chance to run, win, serve, and lead at all levels of government.
When women decide to run for office, they win at the same rate as men. Yet, no woman has served as President in the United States, only 9 states currently have women Governors and women only make up 26.5% of the 535 members of Congress. Through research, we can help inform how to increase both women’s representation and political ambition. Born and raised in a state that received a D on RepresentWomen’s 2020 Gender Parity Index, I am especially looking forward to working on some of RepresentWomen’s US-based research.
I love to stay busy and currently serve as the President of two student organizations at American University. I have been featured in outlets such as The Washington Post, The Hill, Voices of America, and Washingtonian Magazine. In my free time, I love reading, spin classes, exploring DC, Broadway, & spending time with friends and family. Thank you so much for reading - I am very honored to join the RepresentWomen network!