Rep. Donna Edwards Speaks To College Democrats About Females In Politics

October 28, 2014 Nemes Politics

“Don’t let anyone talk you out of it, state you don’t have enough experience, that you’re not old enough,” Edwards informed a space complete of college student last night.

Edwards took parttook part in a “Women in Politics” panel at Stamp Student Union hosted by College Democrats to discuss the difficulties she conquered during her profession and to inspire young femalesgirls to get includedengageded in politics.

Congresswoman Donna Edwards discusses her political profession at the Women in Politics Panel in the Charles Carroll space in Stamp on Tuesday, October 14, 2014.
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Edwards lost that first project by about 3 percent, but was not prevented. In 2008 she put together a certified project personnel and made her seat in the Houseyour home of Representatives with 86 percent of the vote.

Study reveals that ladies who run for office have been simply as successful as men in currentrecently, according to government and politics professor Frances Lee, who got involvedtook part in the panel. However ladies only make up about 18 percent of the Houseyour home and 20 percent of the Senate, which Lee said goes versusbreaks the nation’s values.

“The basic foundational concept of a democracy is at some level we’re all equal,” Lee stated. “However if you look at democratic institutions and see women underrepresented there, it recommends we’re not equal; we’re unequal in crucial methods.”

Likewise on the panel was Daniella Urbina, political chance program coordinator for Emily’s List, a political action committee that aims to get pro-choice, Democratic females elected.

“For some factor women have to prove that they are certified when running in methods that men do not need to,” Urbina said. She said women would take advantage of campaign finance reform since fundraising can end up being a barrier that keeps some from performing at all.

Edwards said she has actually discovered a shift in the method younger people discuss women in workplace and is optimistic for the future of women in politics.

“Your generation is really going to make a difference in how acceptable it is that ladies hold elected workplace or are CEOs at firms or senior partners at law companies,” Edwards stated. “Your generation is going to flip the script on the method my generation and previous generations have actually composed it for females who want to move up.”

College Democrats Vice Head of state Katherine Swanson, who moderated the panel, stated she dreams of running for workplace and found Edwards motivational.

“It was really great to have a few of the sensations I have about running for workplace validated,” the sophomore government and politics major said. “It was a great possibility to hear that I’m not alone in this, there are women who feel the exact same method I do.”

Junior government and politics and Spanish major Samara Cohen likewise said the panel helped encourage her political aspirations.

“As a girl you’re frequently informed that you can’t do a lot of things, and I have actually experienced that even at a young age,” she stated. “It was actually terrific to hear somebody who is in such a high position of power state that ‘Yes, I’ve faced opposition since of my gender, but I have actually conquered it and now I’m here.'”


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