It was not until 1920 with the ratification of the 19th Amendment across the entire United States did American women get the right to vote. For a country that is relatively 236 years old, women have only be able to be a part of the constitutional and political voice for 92 years of that, or 39% of our country’s lifespan.
By going out and voting today, you are finally being given the opportunity to shape the future of our lives in the ways you see best fit. By practicing your civic duty you are fulfilling a terrific feminist cause. Do not deny yourself your voice by not voting. You are important, and your vote is valuable.
For feminist voters, some main concerns in thinking about who to vote for might be:
- health care, maternatiy leave, and easy access to OBGYN doctors
- pro-choice issues, abortion rights, and Planned Parenthood
- equal pay
- funding public schools
- increase childcare options
- LGBTQ rights equality, including gay marriage
To compare and learn more about our presidential candidates and Senate candidates in your district visit NPR for a lot of great information, including your local NPR station’s voter’s guide. For Virginia residents you can see WAMU’s guide here.
We hope to hear from you after you vote! Let us know what feminist issues are your biggest concern this election year!
With so much love and to a bright, bright future,