Found this awesome video on my study break. I hope you all like it as much as I do!
I just want to pay my respects to Rosa Parks, who refused to give up her seat 58 years ago yesterday. Her taking a stand was a huge thing not only for African Americans but also for women. She’s a fantastic role model and icon for feminists and race activists alike. Congratulations Rosa!
I love the idea of Hilary running for president. I think he’s one of the best candidates for the democratic party in 2016, plus how fantastic would it be for us to have a racial minority president and a women president back to back?
I think Hilary would be a good option for president for a few reasons:
1. Hilary has the experience to be a president. She’s been a Senator— she’s already been voted by the people and worked to serve her constituents. She was a senator for nine years, during the terms both George W. Bush and Obama. She knows how to work across the aisle to get legislation passed. She’s been the Secretary of State— she’s already built relationships and been an advocate for the United States in other countries. She knows how to use and build relations with other nations for the good of the US. She’s been a First Lady— she knows how the presidency works and how to live in the limelight of the White House.
2. She has the support. Hilary already has a superpac, Ready for Hilary. Plus she’s already getting endorsements from other people, such as former president Jimmy Carter and Senator Chuck Schumer. People in politics see her qualifications and how she would be a good fit for the presidency.
3. She’s a supporter for women’s rights. We’ve seen how important women’s rights are in elections, such as in the 2012 presidential election and in the recent Virginia gubernatorial election. I think it’s really important that we have a women president giving a face to women’s rights on the national stage, making sure that we (women) don’t have men always speaking for us and deciding how we get to exercise our reproductive rights.
Let me know what you all think!
It may just be me but I find something rather fishy about Texas’s new voter ID law being passed after Wendy Davis became rather popular among women voters.
Some back story. Wendy Davis got on the national stage when she filibustered a bill that put extreme restrictions on women’s reproductive rights and health. Her filibuster brought not only national attention, but attention from the women in the state of Texas, who began protesting during her filibuster and afterwards at the Texas capital building. The bill was passed despite the filibuster, and currently the bill is being heard by Texas courts on its legitimacy.
Because of her rise to fame, due to the filibuster, and her growing popularity, Wendy decided to run for governor. This is a huge deal because first, she’s a woman and second, she’s a Democrat, both are demographics that don’t always jive with Texas’ overall beliefs. In a poll, Wendy was trailing the Republican candidate by 8%.
Now, enter in this new voter ID law. Texas made a new voter ID law, that says your name on your photo ID has to match the name on your name on your voter ID card. This disproportionately affects women because women traditionally change their name when they marry, making is much easier for women being unable to vote in the upcoming elections as well as women who divorce and choose to change their last name to back to their maiden name. It even affects people who have their middle name on their drivers license but they don’t have their middle name on their voter ID card. The other part of the law is that your photo ID has to be one of the photo IDs on the list, so college students cannot use their school ID as voter identification (another way to disenfranchise Democrat voters). I don’t know about you but I think it’s pretty fishy that this law that mainly affects women voting but also affects other Democrat voters would be put in to effect when a popular woman gubernatorial candidate becomes a threat.
Let me know if you agree or disagree.
Here’s an article about Wendy Davis, she’s a kick-ass female politician. He made national headlines when she filibustered in the Texas state Congress against one of the most anti-women health laws that was proposed. Check her out, I’ll be doing a few more posts on her in the next couple days.
Just a few political cartoons about my post yesterday, let me know what you think!
Women in politics are categorized into stereotypes: the most popular are the Ditz (ie Sarah Palin) and the Bitch (ie Hilary Clinton). While I’m not going to dispute that there will be women politicians who will fall into this category, I will say that you should not demean or trash women candidate on whether or not the fit into their category, you should criticize them on their ideology and political beliefs.
During Sarah Palin’s election run with John McCain, a man moved into the house next door to her and wrote a book called “Rogue” depicting lies of extramarital affairs and drug use. Throughout the campaign, Palin was objectified for how she looked being seen as a sex symbol instead of a politician. She was framed as a bad mother because her daughter was pregnant during the campaign and she wanted to run for national office while having a young child with Down’s Syndrome. Most of her criticism was focused on how she measured up as a women, not on her ideology or political beliefs and let’s be real people, there’s plenty of things to criticize Sarah Palin on when considering her stance on policies.
Hilary has been portrayed as the cold-hearted bitch of American politics. Even people who advocate for a change in how people dipict women, still say thing such as Hilary “finally has permission to be a bitch” and “As a post-menopausal woman, she no longer needs to concern herself with the armies of attackers who for years have ceaselessly found her insufficiently girlish, womanly, or sexually desirable.” I think its important to note that Hilary is perceived as a bitch because she’s taking on the role as the firm leader in order to “fit” better in the patriarchal and man-centered culture that is our political system.
Again, there will be women who fit into the general stereotypes of the “Bitch” and the “Ditz” but I think that it’s important that we as a society try and move ourselves away from the mind set of classifying women in this way to a point where it hinders their success. I think instead we should solely focus on the ideologies and the political beliefs of the women who run for office and maybe we no longer will be the developed nation with the lowest amount of women in our governmental offices.
Let me know if you have any thoughts on this cartoon! I think it applies to the post I did yesterday!
It’s tough to be a woman politician in America. There’s a few reason for it. This is going to be a two to three part series on why women have a much more difficult time in politics:
The first is gender norms. When you think of what a woman or a girl should be, you tend to think of a woman as kind, gentle, and passive. Girls are socialized from a young as to be feminine. We should play with dolls, do ballet, and wear everything that is pink. We are taught to accept things and not to be put up a fight (or else we’re being bad). This is somewhat of how we think women should be in the public sphere. A woman should stay at home and should be passive next to males (or risk being a bitch). However, we consider leaders to be assertive, authoritative, and headstrong. Women who try to be leader reach this dichotomy: either break gender norms and be a leader (and be ridiculed in the process being labeled a bitch) or choose not to get involved in politics and follow established norms.
A poll from the National Journal surveyed members of Congress on whether or not they believe that it is harder for women in politics. 81% of Democrats (out of 90 votes) believe it is harder to be a woman in politics. When asked why they believed such some congress members were cited as saying:
“Depends on which office she is running for. It’s usually a challenge for women to break into power-broker networks to raise money.”
“Old prejudices die very hard.”
“It’s still, ‘You’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t.’ Very few strong assertive females are treated the same as their male counterparts. They are labeled if they are outspoken.”
3% of Democrats surveyed believe it is easier to be a woman in politics and 16% of Democrats surveyed believe there is no difference in difficulty between men and women.
In that same poll, 44% of Republicans (out of 80 votes) believe it is harder to be a woman in politics. When asked why they believed such, some members were quoted saying:
“More to prove, and women usually get a later start or derailed because of kids and family.”
“It’s still a man’s world generally in politics at all levels for a variety of reasons, including women having more family responsibilities than men and conservative women less likely to run, and tradition. However, the world is changing, and if Hillary runs in 2016 and wins, that could change the paradigm.”
“The times they are a-changin’ but it takes time. It’s harder for GOP women than Dem women.”
25% of Republicans surveyed believe it is easier to be a woman in politics and 31% of Republicans surveyed believe there is no difference in difficulty between men and women.
While there are great differences in how each party views women in politics, still a majority of each party sees and recognizes the difficulties women in our political system face.
A 2010 study by Loyola Marymount University surveys women and how they view themselves as qualified when deciding to run for political office. Of the men and women surveyed, 33% of women and 35% of men had conducted extensive policy research; 65% of women and 69% of men regularly engaged in public speaking; and 69% of women and 64% of men had fundraising experience. So the men and women who were surveyed were relatively equal in the experience they have. Despite the equality in experience, women were found to be substantially less likely than men to see themselves as qualified to run for office. Women were found to be 29% less likely than men to see themselves as highly qualified and were 80% more likely to consider themselves not qualified at all. Women also have a stronger sense of the inequality that women politicians face: 78% of women believe it is more difficult to be a woman in politics compared to 57% of men believing the same.
Let me know what you think of these statistics and keep a look out for the next parts in this series!