Dear Hope: How Do Politics Affect Me?


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February 13, 2014 || By Gwendolyn Young

Dear Hope:

How do politics affect young women? – Political Potential

Dear Political Potential:

This is a wonderful question.  While I am an amateur as it relates to politics; personally speaking, it is my opinion that politics affect young women greatly.  Politics has the potential to impact a range of areas in women’s lives, including their careers, family, education and so much more.  For example, there is current legislation being discussed regarding women’s rights to healthcare; the affects of the current attack on Planned Parenthood have to be evaluated; and, most recently, there have been allegations that a female newscaster was fired from her job because of comments regarding her natural hair. These are all political issues, believe it or not.

Politics is how our government is run and it affects how our communities are run and what we as individuals can, and cannot, do.  So, it is my opinion that politics affects young women greatly. Your politics may even have an impact on various personal decisions as you journey through life. If politics is a passion for you, I would highly encourage you to get involved; even if it’s only at the local community level.  If politics is not a passion of yours, I would still recommend trying to stay up to date on some of the issues affecting women.  I hope this helps to answer your question. VFP

This column is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical, legal or financial advice. The views and opinions of the author may not necessarily reflect those of The Village Free Press. Questions may be submitted anonymously or via pseudonym to, or Gwendolyn Young, M.A., C.P.C., is the Executive Director of Seed of Hope Foundation, a nonprofit girls mentoring organization based in Westchester, IL.


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