by Page Gardner, founder and president of the Women’s Voices Women Vote Action Fund
In focus groups with women voters in Pennsylvania and Nevada this week, my organization posed a simple question: “I’m going to say a name and I want you to tell me the first thing that comes to your mind.” When we uttered the words “Donald Trump,” the comments came flying:
Last night in Pennsylvania, we held the first of two sets of focus groups we’re conducting to get women’s opinions on the 2016 election — not just the presidential contest between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and businessman Donald Trump, but also the downticket contests for the Senate and the House.
In 2016, women will determine the presidency—but they’re not monolithic. Find out about the role marital status, education, and race will play in women’s votes this November.
If Donald Trump is elected president, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will be a heartbeat away from the presidency. Members of the Rising American Electorate should be concerned. Trump’s newly minted running mate has expressed extreme views on issues of crucial importance to unmarried women, people of color and millennials—the Rising American Electorate who make up 56.7% of the voting-eligible population in the U.S.Economic Fairness:
Paid family leave, paid sick leave, and affordable childcare: these aren’t political talking points, they’re the sort of public policies that will allow working families – including Unmarried Women and the Rising American Electorate – to succeed in today’s economy. A new poll commissioned by the Work Family Strategy Council shows that these policies enjoy overwhelming support with American voters: “By a nearly 2-1 margin, 61 percent of voters in these states, which include Iowa, support the creation of a national paid family and medical leave fund, 69 percent support a paid sick days law, and 57 percent support increasing access to high-quality, affordable child care, according to the survey. Among Iowans polled, 63 percent said they support a national paid family and medical leave fund, while 25 percent said they oppose it.”
Other critical takeaways from the poll include:“Overall, a majority of voters in the 15 states believe a national paid family and medical leave fund would make the country better off, while only 26 percent think it would make the country worse off.” “Voters across states say they favor a law that would create a national paid family and medical leave fund: 61 percent say they favor such a law, 44 percent say they strongly favor one, while 34 percent are opposed.” “A strong majority of people surveyed say they face challenges when managing job, family and personal responsibilities: 63 percent of full-time workers and 67 percent of part-time workers say they would be likely to face significant economic hardship if they had to take time from their jobs without pay to care for a new child, care for a seriously ill loved one or deal with their own serious health issue.”
Read the full article at Business Record.com
The best way to honor the strength and resiliency of our democracy is to exercise your right to vote — particularly this November, when we’ll decide between two sharply-competing visions for our nation and our future.
Our June 2016 poll of nine battleground states shows that marital status is a major factor in Americans’ political views—and unmarried women’s support for Hillary Clinton could prove an insurmountable obstacle for Donald Trump.
In the Washington Post, Barbara Norrander points out that during the 2016 primary, women were more likely to vote in Democratic primaries than men are — and that if recent elections are any indication, the same thing could happen in November.
The differences in women’s and men’s voting rates might have a particularly strong impact in 2016, with the first female major-party nominee in Sec.
Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and families of the worst mass shooting in our nation’s history. What happened early this morning in Orlando, Florida demands that our nation and its leaders call for tolerance for America’s diverse communities including LGBT people, people of color, people of different faiths, and work together to end gun violence now.
We’ve known it for a long time: the true intent of discriminatory Voter ID laws is to prevent #RisingAmericanElectorate voters from being represented in our democracy.
This week in Wisconsin, a former staffer who worked to pass such laws came forward – and the truth about Republican-led efforts to pass these laws had its day in court.
“Todd Albaugh, former chief of staff to a Republican state senator in Wisconsin, testified in federal court yesterday that his state’s voter ID law was passed in order to make it more difficult for Democrats to win elections.
…”According to Allbaugh, as reported by the Wisconsin State Journal, “State Sen.