To start off the conversation at this week’s Crossfire Debate, Women in Politics, Dr. Carl Cavalli, the adviser of the Political Science Student Association, asked women in the room what their experiences have been concerning women in politics.
The first student to speak up brought up the idea of women and the “glass ceiling” barrier still present in society today.
The discussion then went to the idea that politics is traditionally viewed as a male-dominated affair.
One student suggested that maybe this was because American society, in general, has predetermined the roles of women and men.
It is typical to imagine a four-member family; a husband dressed in a suit with a briefcase at the door, while the mother wears an apron and tends to her children and homemaking.
Some argued that women are not truly imagined in that light anymore and that in the past 100 years women have made tremendous progress towards equality and shattering the glass ceiling.
Most agreed that women will only continue to find themselves in positions of political power.
Sponsors for today’s debate included the Political Science Student Association and the American Democracy Program.
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