Unmarried women can have an enormous influence on American politics, election outcomes and policy debates—when they register, turn out and act on their values.
In addition to raising awareness among thought leaders about the potential and importance of unmarried women and the Rising American Electorate, Women’s Voices Women Vote Action Fund also engages in advocacy campaigns to and on behalf of unmarried women and the Rising American Electorate.
The Rising American Electorate (unmarried women, people of color, and millennials) are the majority of vote-eligible citizens—but far too many of them either aren’t registered to vote or don’t vote, while non-RAE populations register and vote at a much higher rate. That’s one of the reasons the Rising American Electorate and their concerns are underrepresented in our government.
We don’t formally endorse candidates. Rather, we provide information as a trusted messenger, finding non-political ways to talk about the issues and policies that affect unmarried women and the Rising American Electorate — issues like equal pay for women, the minimum wage, paid leave, health care, government reform, women’s reproductive rights, LGBT equality, and voting rights.
The RAE deserves to know where their candidates and elected officials stand on these issues, and what (if anything) they’ll do to move these policies forward and improve the lives of ordinary Americans.
Through social media campaigns, direct mail, phone calls, traditional media, and paid advertising, we’re constantly engaged in advocacy to unmarried women and the Rising American Electorate. We also proudly participate in several coalitions of progressive and civil-rights groups advocating on behalf of unmarried women and the rest of the RAE. Our goal is to engage the RAE and persuade them to make their voices heard in our elections and throughout the political cycle.
Our ongoing research helps us to provide information about policy choices, candidates and changes in voting laws to unmarried women and the Rising American Electorate in ways that resonate with their lives, hopes, concerns, and aspirations.