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Women and Politics in KU Student Senate

Morgan Said and Miranda Wagner didn’t want people to vote for them just because they were both women. The fact that they were two women running together in a historic election was just an added bonus: “icing on the cake,” as they both said in separate interviews.

Said and Wagner won the 2014 Student Senate election at the University of Kansas this year to become KU’s first female student body president and vice president in the Senate’s 45-year history.

They won with 31.6 percent of the votes after their competitors, MacKenzie Oatman and Mitchell Cota, who received 61.4 percent of the vote, were disqualified. Nevertheless, the election had historic results, and Said and Wagner are proud to break down a barrier at the University. They hope to encourage more women to run for Student Senate in the future.

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