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This clip from NPR discusses the ways that women are often reluctant to run for office. Women, according to the audio clip and accompanying article, have to be asked repeatedly to run for office, and are unlikely to come up with the idea on their own. Many women are convinced they are not qualified to be politicans.In another portion of the "She Votes" series, women were found to be able to raise the same amount of campaign funds as their male counterparts. If funding is not the problem, what is? Research has found that women has found that women are less confident in their own abilities than men. As our spotlight video shows, this has been proven using jeopardy contestants through the idea of "uptalk". As this clip says, women are "selecting themselves out" of leadership positions. Women are likely to need to be asked several times to run for office, meanwhile men are still more likely to be asked to run in the first place.
This leads to a male-dominated government, which leads to male-driven policies and legislation that have very real effects on women day-to-day. How do we get more women to run for government? Take for example this story: Imagine you are walking along a river and you see a child floating down it, crying out for help. You jump in and save the child. A few minutes later, you see another child, jump in, and save them. Then another, and another, and this goes on for quite some time until you decide to go up the river to see why there are so many drowning children. There, you see a person pushing the children into the water. The logical thing to do in this situation would be to stop that person from pushing children into the river, instead of using all your own energy to constantly save all the children. While yes, it is important to save the children from drowning, it is a much better use of your time and resources to stop it at the cause.
In this situation, asking women to run for office is like jumping in the river. Boosting their self-confidence and self-esteem is stopping the person from pushing the children in the first place. If we ask women more, then yes! I am sure more women would run for office, but does that really solve the problem? Women are not coming up with "politican" on their own as a possible career choice. In order to make this happen, we have to boost the confidence of the average woman. Self-esteem is a powerful, necessary tool to success and we have to instill this from a young age.
Be sure to check back next week for self-esteem boosters and some awesome spoken-word videos!