You Wouldn't Believe What It Looks Like When Men Are Photoshopped Out Of Politics
It is no surprise that there is an overwhelmingly small amount of women represented in North American politics in comparison to the sweeping majority of men.
Yet, even with the slight presence of women in parliament you can still sense something is definitely out of wack - unbalanced even.
According to the International Parliamentary Union the United States ranks 104th in women's representation in politics among more than 190 countries. Two decades ago the U.S placed 52nd.
The percentage of women in Congress has risen about 2% every election but the number of congresswomen in the last election remained the exact same. Although, women of colour did manage to quadruple in the senate, rising from one senate to four.
So, What's The Big Deal?
Even though women (and girls) make up more than than half of the population of America they are represented by a congress who is 80% male. And it isn't just about equal representation but the power that certain imagery has on our psyche.
The mere depiction of less women in government affects how society views all women. If the presence of females isn't valued in decision making and a country's livelihood than women aren't respected at all - period.
It's imperative that women feel welcomed in these spaces and encouraged to want to run for positions of power to bridge the gap.
Take a look at these photoshopped images that greatly depict just how imbalanced politics really are:
Only 300 women have served in the House of Representatives since the entrance of Jeannette Rankin in 1917.
"I raise up my voice—not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard...we cannot succeed when half of us are held back."
- Malala Yousafzai
"Human rights are womens rights, and womens rights are human rights. Let us not forget that among those rights are the right to speak freely and the right to be heard."
- Hillary Clinton
As of June 2017, there are only 84 women in the House. That's 19.3% of House representatives.
"How can we effect change in the world when only half of it is invited or feel welcome to participate in the conversation?"
- Emma Watson
"A woman is like a tea bag—you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water."
- Eleanor Roosevelt
Women have been elected to the House of Representatives from only 45 of the 50 states in the United States.
"Women are the real architects of society."
- Harriet Beecher Stowe
"It has been women who have breathed gentleness and care into the hard progress of humankind."
- Queen Elizabeth II
Last but not least, the bird's eye view of a senate room..
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Those of us who live in New York live this truth on a daily basis.
Sometimes, you just meet a person who isn't quite all there. It's hard to tell at first, but then you talk with them for a little while and it just becomes abundantly clear if they're two eggs short of an omelette.
The stories of how you find out are so interesting. But yet, they teach us to look for clues when we interact with others.