Where my ladies at?: Past GUSA races include few women

The students who will answer the invitation to run in the GUSA Presidential election—slated to take place on February 24 after campaigning begins next month—will likely be a diverse bunch. In the past years there have been Presidential hopefuls of every ethnic persuasion, some who have never sat on GUSA, some Bill Clinton emulators who’ve forgotten that they ever did anything else, and even the occasional plucky transfer student.

But if trends win out, most, if not all of this year’s candidates will have cajones. Really.

An accounting of every candidate who has run for either GUSA President or Vice President determined that only 7 out of 78 candidates to appear on the GUSA ticket from 2001 to 2008 were female. GUSA doesn’t keep records on past executive elections, so here’s the breakdown exhaustively compiled from Voice, Hoya, and Independent articles:

gusa_presidential_candidates_by_gender_2001-2008

The Vice-Presidential breakdown and women’s odds of success, after the jump.

gusa_vice_presidential_candidates_by_gender

Three were Presidential candidates and 4 were Vice-Presidential candidates. There hasn’t been a female presidential candidate since 2005 and there has never been an all-female ticket.

Though your odds of being female if you’re running for GUSA Prez or VP are slim, your odds of being elected GUSA President are pretty good if you’re female.

Of the three women to run for GUSA’s head honcho in the past eight years, 2 have won their elections. Kaydee Bridges (SFS `03) won in 2002 and won the Voice‘s laudations for her term as President—something I wasn’t aware had happened in living memory. Kelley Hampton (SFS `05) won in 2004, and Nilou Huff (SFS `06) lost her bid to Pravin Rajan (SFS `07) in 2005.

No ticket with a female Vice Presidential candidate, however, has ever snagged the win. Rena Borucki (COL `02) in 2001, Lauren Butts (SFS `06) in 2004, Oxana Miliaeva (COL `07), and Anna Schubert in 2008 (COL `09) all went home from the polls empty handed.

The years that didn’t see any female candidates in the field, 2003 and 2007, produced the presidencies of Brian Morgenstern (COL `05) with VP Steve de Man (COL `04), and Ben Shaw (COL `08) with VP Matt Appenfeller (COL `08).

So what’s going on? Do people conceive of GUSA as Georgetown’s ultimate boy’s club?

Bottom line, ladies, if you’re thinking of running for GUSA President, there’s some indication that Georgetown has a latent female vote you can tap. At the very least, give the information meetings this Wednesday and next Thursday a chance—the odds are on your side.

A later post will determine the breakdown of the GUSA Senate and past Assemblies.

5 Comments on “Where my ladies at?: Past GUSA races include few women

  1. You have to look at all positions of leadership, not just GUSA Pres and VP (though you correctly point out that several past GUSA heads have been women).

    The Senate has always had a diverse range of both female candidates and females. There have also been a significant number of chairmanships by women in the Senate – Lin Yang and Alexandra DiModica, just to name a few from last year. And Christina Goodlander was not only the head of the last Assembly but also the Speaker of the inaugural Senate.

    Finally, you have to look at positions of power within the Executive itself. Women have held a lot of important executive roles under every administration – this one included.

  2. True Matt, as a whole it might not be a boys club.

    In the postscript, I do promise to look at the elected body of the Senate, and I can’t wait to crunch those numbers. However, I don’t know if I’ll be able to look at the rest of the appointed GUSA execs. I wish I could, but like I said, GUSA doesn’t keep those rosters, nor do the Election Commissioners hand down information.

    But I think these numbers are interesting by themselves because unless I’m mistaken, I’m examining the only elected roles the GUSA executive branch has.

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  4. It’s like 538 for GUSA.

    The easier way was when the election results would just get leaked to the Voice ahead of time…

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