I did my activism project based on an election that was taking place at UMBC. I was inspired because of the recent 2016 election and how women are represented in politics. In America women make up majority of the country’s population, they earn almost 60 percent of undergraduate degrees, and 60 percent of all master’s degrees, they earn 47 percent of all law degrees, and 48 percent of all medical degrees, they earn more than 44 percent of master’s degrees in business and management, including 37 percent of MBAs, and they are 47 percent of the U.S. labor force, and 59 percent of the college-educated, entry-level workforce. But yet Women today hold only 18.5 percent of congressional seats, and they are just 20 percent of U.S. senators, they hold only 24.2 percent of state legislature seats, they are only 10 percent of governors, only 12 percent of the mayors of the 100 largest American cities are women, on average, women are outnumbered 2-to-1 by men as state-level cabinet appointees, women of color represent only 4.5 percent of the total members of Congress, women of color make up 4 percent of governors, 5 percent of state legislators, and 2 percent of the mayors of the 100 largest American cities. And there are even less African American women in politics. (1)
During this election, I had the opportunity to talk to some people about how they felt about women in office. Many people had no problem with women in office but there were some men and women that felt politics was not a place for women. I even had some people say, “women are too emotional and they would let their emotions get in the way of their work”. I learned from this that there are still some people who see women in politics as a bad thing. And It is our jobs to educate people with facts about the need of women in politics and how we need to teach women that they are capable of anything.
It is important that we talk about this because it is one of the many double standards placed on women. When a female politician is seen crying or choking up then the comments on her being too emotional begins, but there have been many male politicians that have let their emotions get in the way of their job and no one ever addressed how emotional they are being. These double standards need to change because they are also one of the causes of the inequality women face in career, school, and also their personal lives.