Who knew such a short phrase would become so tedious.
Being a teenager at a time when women are dominating and holding the highest jobs within the political spectrum, it’s distressing to see that women are still trivialised and written about by professional media outlets in a quite frankly, unprofessional way.
In such a way that places a focus on the way we look, a way that promotes shallow female competition rather than an incentive to support each-other as we climb the ladder, it just doesn’t make sense.
As a young girl in politics, I should be tackling the issue of women being so heavily under-represented in British politics. Instead I’m subjected to comments suggesting that my achievement is a result of my gender and that any attention I receive is derived from physical attraction rather than genuine interest in the work I do as a grassroots activist.
Despite my frustration I have found that it can be used as a blessing in disguise. Just as Mrs. T turned the ‘Iron Lady’ into a remark of praise, synonymous with her alone, I find that my all male youth branch might place me in the minority, but also allow me to stand out.
Is it any wonder that politics today is still a male-dominated profession?
I have noticed that throughout Theresa May’s time in No10, she was urged to fill the shoes of her a certain leading lady by illustrating strength and resilience in the face of male dominance.
However, the moment she demonstrated emotion and compassion in a speech ending such a crucial chapter in her life, she was met with criticism suggesting that her tears were ‘too late’.
This is enough to justify my opinion that women in politics can’t do right for doing wrong, there seems far less room for error than in the case of a man.
An article that particularly resonated with me was one that was headlined ‘Never mind Brexit, who won Legs-it’ which saw Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon demeaned in their roles not only as women but as women in Politics. It conveys the distinct lack of respect for the women who run our country and the jobs they’ve worked tirelessly for. They have elevated themselves to the highest roles and at most this article just revealed that in the 21st Century, it’s deemed morally acceptable to objectify women. It is simply archaic.
For anyone who thinks that we have achieved equality we have not.
I can’t stress enough how important it is to change the way we identify with women in politics. We need to abandon our interest in the ‘Wives of Westminster’ and place our focus on the women of Westminster who run the country, because after all it’s those women who have a vision – one that sees Britain thrive and prosper on a global scale.
I think we as women should adopt a positive outlook for our future, even now with a leadership contest imminent, where therebare many female front runners. It is fundamental to recognise how much influence we have in politics and be proud of the women who have been granted jobs in cabinet, historic cabinet appointments such as Penny Mordaunt’s Defence Secretary post, through a meritocracy rather than through positive discrimination and female shortlists. Now that’s progress.
If we can engage more women, or even better Conservative women, then we’re winning.
We can only hope that during this new chapter, we make a difference in encouraging people in general to get involved and perhaps become a party synonymous with younger people through a fresh manifesto and politicians acknowledging us as a demographic that should be chased for votes through the formation of policies that directly affect us.