FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OCTOBER 14, 2020
Supermajority and Leading Progressive Organizations Double Down On Voter Mobilization Efforts with “WomenAreVoting” Day of Action to Get Women to Vote on October 17
Partners include Center for American Progress Action Fund, Human Rights Campaign, Latino Victory Project, The Leadership Conference on Human and Civil Rights, American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association, Moms Rising, NARAL Prochoice America, Planned Parenthood Votes, Service Employees International Union, Time’s Up Now, Voto Latino, Ultraviolet, Women’s March, Emily’s List and many others in a national, women-powered get-out-the-vote effort
New York, N.Y. — Today, Supermajority announces a major get-out-the-vote Day of Action called Women Are Voting. The effort will bring together women across issues and identities to cast thousands of votes and change the direction of our country. On October 17, 94 million women in 36 states will be able to cast their ballots and Women Are Voting will harness their energy and power by turning women out across the country and demonstrating their power to determine the outcome of this election.
Women have been and are powering some of the most crucial movements of our time and changing the direction of this country: from leading protests against racial injustice, to organizing millions of women to march on Washington, to voting in a record number of women to congress. On October 17, Supermajority and a wide range of partner organizations will host thousands of small voting events, both online and safely in-person. The day’s events will focus on getting women to vote, as 36 states will be in the middle of in-person early voting. The Women Are Voting partners will then encourage women voters to post using the hashtag #WomenAreVoting to demonstrate women’s collective power and the enormous enthusiasm among women to vote and vote early. Women who have already voted are invited to join one of the 2,000 events around the country including national virtual phone or text banks where volunteers will be contacting women voters in key battleground states like Arizona, Michigan and Pennsylvania.
Between now and Election Day, Supermajority, Center for American Progress Action Fund, Human Rights Campaign, Latino Victory Project, The Leadership Conference on Human and Civil Rights, American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association, Moms Rising, NARAL Prochoice America, Planned Parenthood Votes, Service Employees International Union, Time’s Up Now, Voto Latino, Ultraviolet, Women’s March, Emily’s List and many other progressive organizations will come together to unite their communities and demonstrate women’s unstoppable political power.
Together, across all races, ages, and backgrounds, women are voting because they are looking for leaders with concrete plans that will: end the COVID-19 pandemic, combat rampant racism and racial injustice, protect the Affordable Care Act, raise the minimum wage, provide more stimulus payments, help us take care of the people we love, and protect this election and our democracy. Voting is the first step to building a world where women are truly equal.
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On Saturday, October 17, we’re asking women across the country to take three actions:
- Cast Your Vote. Drop off or mail-in your ballot or vote safely in person.
- Rep Your Vote. Show the world that women are voting now by taking an “I voted” photo and posting it on social media using #WomenAreVoting
- Get Out the Vote. Join one of the national phone or text banks to help Women Are Voting partners contact women in target states to remind them to vote and provide critical voting information.
To date, Supermajority has already reached more than five million women, demonstrating the power of online relational organizing during this unprecedented time. As part of Women Are Voting, this coalition of organizations is aggregating a list of opportunities across the country that women and allies can join to take action in their communities and help turn out the women’s vote. For a list of events happening nationwide visit WomenAreVoting.com.
“Women have a way of putting other people first and that carries through to the ballot box. So, we are casting our votes for a more equitable future for all of us – for domestic workers, for teachers, for healthcare workers, for our children and for those who cannot vote,” Supermajority Co-founder Ai-jen Poo said. “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for and we will leave no one behind.”
“Despite these incredibly difficult and unprecedented times, I’m hopeful because I have seen that when women come together, we can build a movement. And right now, women across this country – of all backgrounds, races and ages – are fired up,” Supermajority Co-founder Alicia Garza said. “They are putting on their masks, grabbing their hand sanitizer and bringing their sisters, their mothers, their friends, to the polls. And trust me, these women are not going to let anything stand in their way.”
“Women have been waiting for this election since the last one,” Supermajority Co-founder Cecile Richards said. “For four years, we’ve marched, we’ve protested, we’ve called and written our elected leaders, and now it’s time to put that final exclamation point on our efforts: it’s time to vote. It’s time for millions of women to send the loudest, strongest-possible message to our leaders: that our issues – from healthcare, to equal pay, to racial justice – are everyone’s issues. Women will decide this election and I cannot wait to see it.”
“In 2020, women are realizing the power of our collective political influence more than ever before,” said Women’s March Executive Director, Rachel Carmona. “They’re participating in demonstrations and marches like ours on October 17, and they’re volunteering to ensure that their communities take action, too. The coming weeks are about doing the work it takes to ensure that our voices are heard this election, whether by phone banking, textbanking, or by making a plan to vote or voting early. Together, we will win.”
“America’s educators, healthcare professionals and public employees are change agents – our work helps people achieve a better life, and realize the collective power of their voice, and their vote,” said Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers. “Our members are about making a difference in the lives of America’s families, and this election, AFT members – a majority of whom are women – will continue to care, fight, and show up by raising their voices through their votes.”
“The NEA is a community of more than 3 million — a supermajority of whom are women. Together, we are an unstoppable force,” said Becky Pringle, president of the NEA. “When women organize and fight for our rights, we have the power to lead this country and, as NEA president, I’m going to make sure that my fellow members all over this country vote — whether by mail, early, or in-person — because that is our right and our responsibility as Americans. Nobody can stand in our way of exercising that right. Let’s stand in our power and lead.”
“Women voters across the country have had enough of politicians telling them what to do with their health care, their bodies, and their futures,” said Jenny Lawson, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Votes. “Over the past four years, the relentless attacks on reproductive freedom and civil liberties, which are felt most acutely by women of color and women with low incomes, have galvanized women across the country to organize, to mobilize, and to win. In 2020, women are taking back our power and will decide this election.”
Supermajority is working to ensure that all women make their voices heard through their ballots this election, creating valuable resources that inspire and activate its community of more than one million people. Recently, the organization introduced tools to make voting easier and safer for women nationwide, including a voter safety guide, voter checklist, and more. Visit Supermajority.com to access these resources and to learn more about how to get involved.
WomenAreVoting is the latest effort by Supermajority to mobilize women for the 2020 election, which recently brought nearly 100 thousand women together for its virtual event on September 26, Supercharge: Women All In. The dynamic program, dedicated to the memories and legacies of Breonna Taylor and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, encouraged attendees to keep fighting for a more equitable America, to make a plan to vote, and to organize their family and friends to get engaged in this election season. Highlights can be found here.
Supermajority is a women’s equality organization, made up of women of all backgrounds, races, and ages who are coming together to create a future where we are truly equal. Supermajority is connecting women with each other, and building on our collective power by providing the information, training, and resources to take action in our neighborhoods, our workplaces, and in the voting booth.