Ladies, listen up. The truth is for more than 40 years women have decided elections. And as we celebrate the 100th anniversary since the ratification of the 19th amendment to the United States Constitution giving white women the right to vote, here’s a few facts about women voters and why we are, and must continue to be, a powerful force at the ballot box.
- Women have voted at higher rates than men in every presidential election since 1980.
- Women, especially Black women, helped Barack Obama win the election in 2008 and helped keep him there in 2012.
- It took decades for women to become a major voting force, boosted by the Voting Rights Act of 1965 giving women of color greater voting access.
- Women represent the majority of registered voters in the United States.
- In the 2016 election, women cast nearly 10 million more ballots than men.
- Since 2016, women have become more politically focused than ever before; starting with the 2017 inaugural Women’s March in Washington which marked the biggest single-day protests in U.S. History.
- Women of color are becoming the fastest growing voter group, gaining 13.5% voters between 2000-2017, and Black women stand out as one of the largest voting blocs. Their 55% turnout in 2018 election was 6% above the national average.
- No nominee for either party has every garnered as much female support as Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
- In 2018, 35% of young women voted, a huge increase from 2014, when just 18% of young women voted. This change has made an impact on our politics, changing the demographics of our government on every level bringing issues women care about to the forefront.