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