Meet The Team: McKenna Donegan

By McKenna Donegan on September 09, 2019

"Addressing the lack of equal representation in government through changing recruiting practices and improving our electoral systems would ensure that future generations have women leaders to look up to. I hope the work I do this fall at RepresentWomen ensures that one day all women will have a seat at the table."

My name is McKenna Donegan and I am a junior at Siena College. I am a Political Science major with a Pre-Law certificate. This fall I am participating in American University's Washington Semester Program, and I am delighted to complete my internship with RepresentWomen. 

As a woman who has considered running for office and is interested in helping other women do so, I was very moved by reading books such as A Seat at The Table: Congresswomen's Perspectives on Why Their Presence Matters, and See Jane Win, which detailed the difficulties women face while running for office. I was shocked to read that up until 2011 women did not have a bathroom on the Senate floor. Politics is still very much a boys club, and there are systemic barriers that prevent women from being successful in politics. Women are frequently discouraged from running and told they are not good enough. 

This fall I am extremely excited to have the chance to delve into research regarding the lack of funding for women's campaigns and the state of women's representation across the world. Most of my experience studying women's representation in government has focused solely on the United States, and I am eager to look at the progress other countries have made in addressing the lack of equal representation. 

Women bring unique viewpoints to elected office and leadership positions that are lacking in today's political environment. They focus on issues such as the gender pay gap, reproductive rights and issues involving children and families that would otherwise be ignored. Addressing the lack of equal representation in government through changing recruiting practices and improving our electoral systems would ensure that future generations have women leaders to look up to. I hope the work I do this fall at RepresentWomen ensures that one day all women will have a seat at the table.



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