Graduate School Thesis

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!

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  • I loved reading this! Your thesis sounds super interesting. I loved taking Women and Gender Studies during my undergrad and anything having to do with gender and the media totally fascinates me. I actually did my undergrad thesis about how reading travel advice pamphlets effects men and women differently. Although mine was a psych thesis so I ran an experiment to see cause and effect. Would love to hear more about your findings!

      • Can’t wait to hear about the findings — good luck with the rest of your thesis! And I’d love to show you mine sometime. I actually haven’t thought about it in a while, but I did really enjoying working on the project! :)

  • I hope you’ll be Senator Wagner, or even President Wagner one day! I may not be able to vote for you, but you’d have my mental support! :) And I think your thesis topic is super interesting – we gotta chat about it the next time we see each other! I actually think it’d be awesome if Hillary Clinton would run for president in the next election cycle, because it would definitely send a good message about women in politics. I’m also interested to see who the Republican canditate is going to be – politics, or at least elections, in the US are just kind of more interesting to follow along, because things have a way of escalating so very quickly! ;)

    • I’ll give you a green card if you promise to vote for me ;) hehehe…next time we chat I’d love to talk about it with you!!! I feel like US Elections are so much longer and intense (dramatic?) than other elections around the world! It will be interesting to see what happens in 2016 :)

  • Hey! I am an American student studying abroad in Heidelberg, Germany as well with Pepperdine University. Perhaps I will see you around sometime! Great photos and content :)

  • Whoa! This is seriously impressive and I’m so ok with you doing any of the above! I’m also interested in politics—although not so much as to pursue it academically and love the lens of your thesis. I want to hear more about your time during those elections now! :D

    • hehe now you’ve inspired another post for me in which I talk about my time during the elections. Actually, the coolest thing I did was work for a political fundraising organization. I got to meet really high up people in Congress and go to some great events! :) Thanks so much xo

    • Wait, we definitely should talk about politics at some point (like when I visit Iceland again?!) :) I can’t wait to see the final outcome of my thesis xo

  • Your thesis sounds awesome! I’m not hugely into politics but in college I wrote MANY MANY essays on women in media, media portrayal of gender, globalization of different types of cinema, blah blah blah. Either way what you’re doing sounds awesome!

    • Thanks so much! See, I’m the exact opposite…gathering data is always so hard for me and I never know when to stop. It is the writing that I can crank out really quickly!

  • Good heavens. You should have been my kid. Love your comments. Love that you want to be president. Love that you love politics. You go girl!