Feminist Voters Could Decide the November Elections

This year, underlying the largest gender gaps in history, is the growing proportion of women who identify as feminists—a situation the suffragists hoped would happen after women fought and won the vote.

If voting rates and turnout among women go beyond the last presidential election and are the highest ever reported—in 2008 as 65.5 percent—then the gender gap and feminist factor’s impact on the outcome of the 2020 elections will likely be even larger than in 2018 or past presidential elections.

The Difference Women Voters Make

Women vote at higher rates than men, and there is a growing gender gap in partisan affiliation and presidential voting, fueled largely by Black and Latina women’s strong identification with the Democratic Party.

Yet despite the fact that women are over 53 percent of voters, they are just 23.7 percent of Congress, 29.2 percent of state legislators, and 28.9 percent of statewide executive officeholders.

We have a long way to go to achieving women’s equality.