With even more young voters expected to turn out this year, college campuses are set to become a political battleground in the 2020 elections.
Postal delays and mistakes have marred primary voting, and after years of budget cuts and plant closures, mail delivery has slowed so much that ballot deadlines in many states are no longer realistic.
On the anniversary of the ratification the 19th amendment, we, as feminists, need to remember to advocate for those who remain disenfranchised today.
Ensuring that everyone has the right to follow their calls to action is imperative. Donald Trump may scoff at the prospect of high levels of voter turnout this fall, but it is an achievable—and necessary—goal.
This November, Colorado’s ballot will include an initiative to ban abortions after 22 weeks, backed by anti-abortion group Due Date Too Late.
The success of diverse candidates suggests that widespread unrest has enhanced civic engagement and political participation.
Living as a Black woman in Minneapolis and dealing with constant racist episodes, “I often felt as if I were in a strange sociological experiment,” writes Michele Goodwin—so much so that her biracial daughter did not feel comfortable returning to the city. “But this needn’t have been my family’s story. So how do we fix this?”
While Michigan is “in the fight of its life,” Secretary of State Benson, Governor Whitmer and Attorney General Nessel receive no support from Trump.
“For many years, I worked as a psychologist treating abusive men. Most of the men I treated had a patriarchal belief system and thought they were entitled to certain privileges because they were men. I especially worried about patriarchal men with narcissism and antisocial behavior, since they became aggressive quickly.
“President Trump reminds me of them.”
It is important to celebrate the gains in women’s representation in candidate pools and among nominees. But these data reveal that women remain underrepresented at each stage of the electoral process and across parties.
Last November—when four female senators were still in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination—83 percent of Democratic voters said that they were “enthusiastic” about voting for a female candidate. However, only 33 percent of voters in either party said that they thought their neighbor would vote for a female candidate.