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Gender and Media Messaging in 2016 Presidential Race

By Anastasia Tamali

Donametria Stallings
Donametria Stallings

Interview with Donametria Stallings, Political Science, Master's Student

Q: Where are you from?
Stallings: I am from Delaware.

Q: What influenced you to choose your current field of study?
Stallings: I've always wanted to be able to make an impact on those around me. I served as a former Miss Delaware State University and always wanted to push others around me to be the best they can be. Political Science allows me to tap into my gift of public speaking and focus on issues that that I believe in.

Q: Could you tell us about your non-thesis research paper?
Stallings: My research is focused on women's issues and how it is relevant in today's society. My non-thesis paper focuses on Hillary's inability to win the 2016 presidential election. This allowed me to see the occurring biases our country has against women. I found that the media messaging during the presidential campaign shaped a negative image of Hillary Clinton. The 2016 presidential race was not only an issue of gender, but an issue of media messaging.

Q: Where do you see yourself professionally in five years?
Stallings: In five years I see myself working in the White House on the Violence Against Women Act. This will help prevent campus rape and help women stand up for their ability to say no.

Q: If you get more than one job offer, how will you decide between them?
Stallings: If I were to get more than one job offer, I would look to see where I believe I can grow the most. I'm a very spiritual person and I believe that God can direct my steps in everything that I do. I look to Him for my direction and next step.

Q: In what journals do you expect to publish your research?
Stallings: I would like to publish my work in the American Journal of Political Science.

Q: What are your long-term career goals?
Stallings: My long-term career goal is become a senator. I plan to create laws that can help communities of color and young women around the country to realize that nothing is impossible if you make up your mind to achieve it.

Q: How would you describe your experience at Howard University as a graduate student?
Stallings: My experience at Howard was life changing. I've grown into a strong, powerful woman. My professors have allowed me to see the passion and strength on the inside of me. It is because of Howard that I am able to see myself as a future senator.

Q: What advice would you give to the incoming graduate students?
Stallings: If I could give advice to an incoming graduate student, I would tell them the following: 1) Do not be afraid to ask your professors for help. They are here to help you grow; 2) Do not be discouraged. There will be a lot of things that you are not familiar with. Please understand that you will not have everything figured out. This is a learning process and the second year of the program is where things tend to click; 3) prepare to make mistakes. Graduate School prepares you for your future career. Be willing to learn lessons and learn from the people around you.

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