Posted on Interns on October 28, 2019
Laura Weiss is a communications intern for RepresentWomen this fall. She is from Morristown, New Jersey with a background in international relations and women’s studies from Colgate University. She is currently working on her Master’s in International Affairs with concentrations in the Middle East and Global Gender Policy from The George Washington University. During her time at RepresentWomen, Laura hopes to gain more knowledge about her home country before she jets off into the international community. She aims to make gender equality universal, and strongly believes that the first step is to get more women elected in their governments.
Posted on Blog on October 16, 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."
Corinne Ahrens is RepresentWomen’s Fall 2019 Communications Intern from West Chester, Pennsylvania. She is studying Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Political Science with a specialization in Gender, Race, and Politics at American University in Washington, DC. RepresentWomen allows Corinne to focus on her intersecting interests of women’s studies and politics, while also exploring her written voice and branding potential through work in communications.
McKenna Donegan is a research intern with RepresentWomen from Syracuse, New York. She is a Political Science major with a Pre-Law certificate at Siena College. Books like A Seat at The Table: Congresswomen's Perspectives on Why Their Presence Matters by Kelly Dittmar, Kira Sanbonmatsu, and Susan J. Carroll, sparked in her interest in women's representation in politics. She got involved with RepresentWomen because she was interested in researching the institutional barriers that prevent women from running for Congress. As an intern, she is excited to work towards a world where women are represented in elected office and leadership positions. In her free time, McKenna enjoys reading and exploring all that DC has to offer.
Posted on Blog on September 24, 2019
"Working for RepresentWomen is important to me because their mission is concrete: increase the representation of women in politics while focusing on systems of reform; because no one can say, even though some may, that the underrepresentation of women in politics does not exist."
Posted on Blog 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."
Posted on Blog by on July 10, 2019
"Being a woman who wants to go into politics, I’ve always been acutely aware of the representation gap we face. However, I don’t think I truly saw all of the benefits increased representation can bring until this year."
Posted on Blog by on July 09, 2019
"I remember that when I was in sixth grade, my teacher told me that I should stop being so “bossy”, otherwise people would not like me. After getting angry and complaining about why she didn’t say the same to the boys, one of my classmates called me a “feminist”. Neither of them meant those descriptions in a good way, obviously. The indignation I felt in that moment is something that has followed me throughout the years, motivating my decisions and actions. With time I learnt to not only appreciate the term “feminist”, but to use it as a banner."
Posted on Blog by on July 08, 2019
"Being a female athlete all my life and now at the collegiate level, very few women have coached me. Yes, it is true that more and more women are coaching women, but people often forget that almost no women are coaching men. After playing basketball up until college, it had always stuck out to me is that there were little to none women coaching men’s basketball. In politics and athletics, there are too many firsts that have not occurred yet for women."