After one of the most arguably obscure, insane, and frankly unbelievable first halves of a presidency America has witnessed, change might be upon us come the November midterms. And this change will be driven by women.
This female push follows the highly controversial reign of 45th President, Donald Trump. After seeing his administration implement atrocious and unjust policies, such as the latest immigration policy of separating children of undocumented immigrants from their parents, women have decided it’s time for a change, and it’s time to take action.
As reported of April by the Associated Press, a record breaking 309 women have filed paperwork to run for the House.
A shift in representatives this dramatic could bring about serious changes in the way our country is run and the overall treatment of women in America.
Following the Me Too movement, the potential that having women in seats of political power has is incredible. For years, women have been taken adavantage of, raped, and brutally treated by men. And these horrific actions were met with little to no reprimand from our justice system. In cases such as that of Brock Turner, where he was found guilty of three counts of felony sexual assault, he only served three months of six month sentence. The fact that this man was found guilty of three counts of sexual assault and only had to serve three months in jail is beyond disgusting, and one of the reasons we have not seen advancement in the ending of rape culture. The Me Too movement has provided the momentum, which we now must harness and use to make a difference. As wonderful as awareness is, we need to do more. We need change that provides results so that no other women have to face the awfulness of sexual assault.
With women in power, we might be able to see a more progressive stance on rape and sexual abuse. Although electing women will not solve every issue surrounding rape culture, having women who have lived through the discrimination, prejudice, and harassment first hand will hopefully enforce stricter laws and harsher punishments in regards to sexual assault.
Currently, women only hold only 19% of the seats in the house of representatives and 22% of the seats in senate.
It’s unjust that a group that represents 50% of the American population only gets at most 22% representation in our legislative branch. To create a more equal and opportunistic society, we must be open to having more women in places of power. It’s not right to let the men handle all the issues without female input, especially when it comes to gender specific issues like abortion or wage gap.
Electing women this November, or even having the option to, marks such a fundamental moment in our ongoing fight for gender equality. Although having female candidates doesn’t ensure that they will be elected, or that they will implement all the policies and change that we need, seeing their name on the ballot provides a glimmer of hope in an otherwise bleak presidency/administration.