On March 9, 2019, I attended a democratic meeting for Cobb county called Donuts with Democrats, at the Smyrna Community Center. I was very excited to go because I had never been to any type of political event in my lifetime. When I got there most of the people in the room were about 40 years old and up and it was very diverse. There were a lot of women in the democratic committee. I’m pretty sure I was the youngest person in the room. Initially, the secretary was the first speaker. He spoke about events that the Democratic party of Cobb county would be doing.
The main focus of the meeting was about woman’s rights, which I loved being a part of since I am also a woman. There was a lady who was the senator of Cobb county that spoke about how important it is to have women in congress. She also spoke about how as the time goes by more and more woman are becoming more important in Congress, which I believe is great. This made me think back on how at one-point woman didn’t even have the right to vote and as time has progressed, we are now having a big impact on the government. When the senator was speaking, I could tell the women in the room felt empowered. There were women holding up signs that said woman’s power. This made me think about the feminist theory, which was a political project to end women’s inequality and oppression. I think that by the way these women were speaking at this event women are becoming more equal to men in politics. I wouldn’t say that it’s fully equal, but it has improved a lot more since the 1980s when liberal feminism began. A key example was Hilary Clinton running for president. Who would have thought that a woman would actually make it that far in an election century’s ago? On CNN’s website there is an article which quotes, “A record breaking number of women are running for office in 2018” (Sparks, 2018). I think that the Democratic parties are embracing the idea of gender equality, a lot more than the Republican party. If I were to go to a Republican meeting, I’m sure there would have been a lot of older white men there, and I’m almost certain they wouldn’t allow the woman to hold up signs that said “woman’s power” on them. Why does the republican party elect so few women? I asked a fellow peer in the meeting this question and she answered, “I think the republican party is about big business and being very conservative.” She also said that she thought the Republican party was a very old school and did not want to accept change. I agreed with her points and I think that’s why the democratic party is called the “people’s party.”
A democracy is a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state. A democracy should reflect the diversity of its population. In other words, there should be more women running and getting elected for the Republican party just as the Democratic. “Studies show that women who are running for office need to be “likeable” in a way that men do not” (Bergland, 2013). Men have always been known to mature much slower than women. There is scientific data which actually proves that women develop faster than men. “Scientists at Newcastle University in the UK have discovered that girls tend to optimize brain connections earlier than boys.” Women are obviously very capable of being in congress and we are usually less competitive than men.
To conclude, this event allowed me to gain more knowledge about things that are going on in this world that I would not have researched on my own. The United States as a whole should include more women as candidates for both parties and actually elect them. Women should have more opportunities to run for the Republican party instead of just Democratic. This country should make gender equality a priority. More women in congress is beneficial because women will bring up different policy issues and problem-solving skills that men may not have on their own. Women are just as smart, if not smarter than men, and we deserve to have the same opportunities and rights as men do. We have come very far from not being able to vote to women being in congress. It’s a slow process but this country has made improvements towards women rights.
Bergland, C. (2013, December 20). Scientists Identify why Girls Often mature Faster Than Boys. Retrieved from Psychology Today: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-athletes-way/201312/scientists-identify-why-girls-often-mature-faster-boys
Sparks, G. (2018, September 17). 256 women won House and Senate primaries, a huge new record. Retrieved from CNN: https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/16/politics/house-women-update-september/index.html