Women are dramatically underrepresented at every level of office in the United States, and that won’t change after election night. Women comprise only 19 percent of the U.S. House; 23 percent of the U.S. Senate; 26 percent of all state legislators; and 12 percent of governors. However, a record-number of women are running for office in 2018, and it is all but certain that the number of women in elected office will increase. The question is: how much will the gender gap in representation narrow?
The chance to study diverse subjects is just one of the many perks for a liberal arts education. Ash Eberle’s experience exemplifies the many paths to success that CLA provides. From Asian language and literature to political science to Spanish, this recent grad takes full advantage of the opportunities that come her way.
From country to country and person to person, Nigel Purvis works to make the most ethical policy. Now his liberal arts education helps him be successful as president and CEO of Climate Advisers, where he makes a cleaner future possible.
Research analyst Shaun Williams-Wyche (MA '11 & PhD '14, political science) translates data into effective stories for policy makers that work to improve access to higher education. He uses his liberal arts background to make information accessible, translating important messages and closing knowledge gaps.