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Glamour: Why Unmarried Women Voters Will Transform Our Country in 2018

December 20, 2017

Page Gardner, the president and founder of Women’s Voices, Women Vote Action Fund, wrote an article in Glamour Magazine about a pivotal group of Americans: Unmarried women:

It’s been a watershed year for women’s rights. While 2017 continues to be devastating for millions of women, it’s clear that many—particularly women of color, young women, and unmarried women—are poised to transform the future of our country with their voices and their votes in 2018, just as they did in Alabama, Virginia, and other elections this year.

We began 2017 with the Women’s March, the largest protest in U.S. history. We saw four new women senators sworn into office, bringing the number of women in the U.S. Congress to 105 with more than 1,800 of their women colleagues holding seats in state legislatures.

We’ve seen the long overdue recognition of harassment and discrimination in Hollywood, Congress, journalism, and among the countless women who have been harassed by bosses and colleagues who aren’t well-known enough to be splashed across the front page of The New York Times. And we’ve seen more women than ever raise their hands and run for elected office, more than double the number of women who ran in 2016.

Two thousand and eighteen is going to be an even bigger turning point for women, especially in politics.

We can already appreciate the groundswell of support for female candidates—from school board to state legislative districts to the U.S. Senate—and the recognition of the critical place women voters have in our democracy. Women are breaking civic records across the country, from the number of women running for office to the number of women voting in elections.

Women’s Voices Women Vote Action Fund, where I’m the president and founder, exists to help unmarried women as well as people of color and young people register to vote and have their voices heard in our political process. We focus on unmarried women in particular because they are underrepresented in elections—they’re 26 percent of the voting eligible population but we’re predicting they’ll only be 23 percent of the voters in 2018—and have political priorities that differ from their married counterparts.

Read the entire article here.



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