Sara Del Castillo, a sophomore at Millsaps, dreams of becoming a politician and enacting solutions for all of the problems she ever complained about while growing up in Mississippi, such as high teen pregnancy rates, low education standards, and unjust immigration laws.
Q: As a freshman, you presented a Millsaps Forum program on "Women in Mississippi Politics." How did that opportunity present itself?
A: "Women in Mississippi Politics" is a subject that was studied in my Women and Politics class which I decided to take in hopes to better understand female leadership and accomplish my goals of female empowerment.
Q: What did you discover when you did research about women and politics?
A: In the state of Mississippi, females are underrepresented and therefore, women often have a weak voice in politics. I came to find that a lack of female representation can negatively affect a government because women have different leadership tendencies and often come to issues with unique perspectives and experiences that might not be considered in their absence. Some research studied in my class showed that on average, women are just as qualified to run for political office as their male counterparts, but comparatively more women were disinclined to seek high office because of responsibilities of the home. My hope is not that women will all leave the home to be politicians or feel bad for choosing motherhood over a political career; my hope is that women and men will one day have equal opportunity to share the responsibilities of both political and home life.
Q: What are your career plans?
A: I plan to double major in political science and philosophy at Millsaps, go to law school, practice immigration law, and then run for political office. Ultimately, I aspire to run for president and prove that gender does not determine one's ability to run a country or be a great leader. I have no doubt that Millsaps will prepare me to accomplish these goals.