More Women Are Needed in Elected Office
The Women’s Right to Vote amendment was passed and implemented about 100 years ago. The fight to get this passed was definitely not an easy one. It required time, determination, and most importantly, unity. Unity with all women to fight for what they deserved. It was a fight for political representation.
However, till this day women are still extremely underrepresented in politics. According to the Center for American Women and Politics, nationally women make up 19.4 percent of the 535 seats in Congress and 21 percent of the 100 seats in the Senate. In Connecticut, 27.3 percent of women make up the state legislature. This means laws pertaining to women’s rights, like paid family and medical leave, are created mostly by men. That needs to change. As a Political Science/Public Administration major at Central Connecticut State University, my goal is to enter the political arena to make that change.
Kate Farrar and Cindy Pena
The Elect Her training session at CCSU motivated over one hundred women, including myself, to run for elected office. Elect Her is a national program that helps build professional skills through a four-hour session. It teaches the importance of networking, creating an elevator speech and building confidence. The goal is to encourage collegiate women to run for leadership and political positions both on and off campus. Kate Farrar, Executive Director of the Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund, facilitated the event. So in addition to participating in skill-building activities, I also met Kate Farrar. This connection helped me get this communications internship at CWEALF, a position that will allow me to achieve my future political endeavors.
Ultimately, we need more programs like Elect Her and women like Kate Farrar to not only motivate women, but create future political leaders. We have made substantial progress since 1919 when the Women Right to Vote amendment was passed, but unfortunately not enough.
Cindy Pena is a sophomore at Central Connecticut State University majoring in Political Science/Public Administration with a minor in Journalism.
By Cindy Pena, Communications Intern at 1 May 2017, 16:45 PM
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