I keep talking about how I’m currently in the process of writing my thesis. However, I realize I’ve been a bit vague on the exact topic. I thought it would only be fitting to give an overview of my thesis (considering it is my life right now)!
As you might have gathered from my blog, I’m reallllllly into politics. Actually, this is a bit of an understatement! I worked on the 2008 and 2012 U.S. presidential elections as well as with a political fundraising organization in 2012. Furthermore, I’ve held internships with the United Kingdom House of Lords and the United States House of Representatives. I’ve also done research on the side for various professors, written articles on why I align with a certain political party (and my frustrations with it currently!), and am moving to Croatia and Bulgaria this spring/summer to intern at the U.S. Embassies there. So pretty much, when I’m not writing this blog, I’m probably doing something political. I just try not to bring politics or my political feelings into this blog (however, if you’re curious, I’d love to talk to you about it!)
For my thesis, I’m looking at gender bias in media outlets during presidential elections. So what exactly does that mean? (because I’m assuming that’s your next question).
I’m doing a comparison study between Hillary Clinton and Michele Bachmann. I’m looking at all different facets of their primary campaigns to determine whether they have experienced gender bias from only the opposite political party or whether their own political party contributed to the gender bias well. Furthermore, I’m seeing if media outlets contributed/perpetuated the gender bias experienced by both these candidates. Besides the piles and piles and piles of research, I’m actually still really excited about my thesis!
I eventually want to run for political office one day. I know I joke about it, but I wouldn’t mind being President of the United States (or at least Senator Wagner!). To me, there is some big obstacle that’s making it difficult for women to gain the highest political offices in the United States government. We are so far behind a lot of developing and third world countries in terms of the number of women in federal office. This past election in 2014 was the first time that over 100 women were elected to Congress!
I believe the United States needs to do better and maybe one of the first things we need to look at is how we approach female candidates.
I’d love to know your opinion on women in politics as well as the gender bias these women face as candidates! Leave a comment below so we can continue this discussion!