When thinking of our government it is easy to think of white men. That’s because the majority of our government is made up of men, which is not new information to anyone at this point.
For years we have been low on the scales for the equality of men and women in Parliament. I can’t say I fully know the reason for this beside the fact that there hasn’t been much representation for women in the past? Can we blame this on it being too hard to step away from the ideas of the founding fathers where women weren’t even mentioned in the Declaration of Independence? Is it too hard to empower women to be just as successful as men? It’s unclear to say that every person’s dialogue is the same. There are too many reasons for every woman as to why they can or cannot do something.
It is interesting to see how “advanced” we think we are as nation in so many aspects. Yet, we are behind so many countries we deem to be less than such. Countries we still consider developing, yet are more progressive than I see us being in the near future.
Rwanda, a developing country centered in agriculture is the #1 country for women in both their lower and upper house of representatives. The United States is #104. We don’t even make the top 10 list!
But, things are changing!
This year there is a record number of women who are running to be in office. Over 300 women have filed papers to run for seats in the House,
What does this mean for the country?
Will we finally be able to see equal representation in our government?
How will this affect women’s health and other decisions that have been made by white men? Does it not seem odd that men make decisions about women’s bodies when they aren’t women and are not aware of how we feel or actually know how our bodies work? Will these decisions be changed or shifted when there is more balance? With more representation on women in government I think it will be a refreshing change from the decision rooms about my body being exclusively men. It is not only more comforting to know this, but in turn it feels like representation that women need will finally be given to us.
The potential for women to be elected in these areas is monumental. Take Vermont for example. In their entire history they have never voted a woman into congress, but there are women running this year and it can be the year of change.
It would be wonderful if all these women were voted into our government, but as I just stated they have to be voted. It is time we begin to show young girls that there is a place for them in positions of power and they will be represented.
Let’s change the culture of having women be in the decision making process and equal representation. To make decisions about issues of women by women and for women.
Wouldn’t that be amazing?!
Thanks for reading!
See you next time,