2019 is a groundbreaking year for women in politics. There are currently 102 women serving in the U.S. House of Representatives and 25 in the Senate, surpassing the record set for women in politics during 1992, the “Year of the Woman.” With Senators, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren, Marianne Williamson, and Tulsi Gabbard in the race, the upcoming 2020 election has an unprecedented number of female candidates.
There are several reasons why women in powerful positions benefit society as a whole. According to Forbes, female leaders generally display more compassion and empathy, as well as a willingness to seek improvement in their craft. A 2012 Harvard Business Review study, recorded by employees’ bosses, found that women outscored men in their drive for results, ability to take initiative, solve problems, and champion change. Increased amounts of diversity in the workplace can also foster creativity and the ability to propose different ideas. CNN reported that women also have a unique insight on gender issues, such as parental leave and equal pay, compared to their male counterparts. Women’s involvement in the climate movement has even fathered new policy as well as initiatives such as clean solar cookstoves. This does not deprecate men’s ability to fulfill leadership positions, rather, states that women, who have been discouraged from upholding leadership positions, are just as qualified.
This surge of women in politics empowers young girls across the country. “I think it is important to have a woman as president so that girls all over the country can think of gender as less of a hurdle than ever before,” Ms. Gregory, a Ramapo teacher and advisor of the Women’s Empowerment Club said. “…[W]hen girls and young women have role models to look up to, they believe in themselves more, and they are able to succeed as well– which [is] a key factor in women’s empowerment,” she continued.
With increased representation in politics, cultural barriers and traditional ideas are being dismantled. Little girls can grow up with the same confidence as little boys, that one day, they too could be president of the United States. “Here’s the truth people need to understand: To tackle the challenges of the twenty-first century, we must empower women and families,” Senator Kamala Harris said at the National Partnership for Women and Families. “If we do not lift up women and families, everyone will fall short.”
By: Tara Lamorgese, Staff Writer
Featured Image: 2020 Presidential Nominees: Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Amy Klobuchar, and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (from left). (Photo Courtesy of Business Insider)