Dear Women, You Have a Moral Imperative to Vote.
Dear Women of America,
You currently represent one of the most influential constituencies in the 2016 United States Presidential Election and can collectively not just influence the vote, but single-handedly determine the outcome of this election — representing what will likely be over 55% of total voters in November. Or as we like to call it, the majority.
One century ago, women represented 0% of voters, and the issues that most significantly impacted us were left to be decided by a primarily white, male majority. Access to contraception was illegal, educational attainment by women was minimal compared to their husbands, and women earned 50% of what men earned for the same work.
In the 100 years since, millions of women have fought for the right to have equal opportunity and equal rights — the right to vote, the right to choose, the right to education. And women have won. Women have survived being arrested, being beaten, being chastised, being denied again and again for these rights — but we have won.
And it is for those women — and because of those women — that you have a moral imperative to vote, to exercise a right given to you less than a century ago to inform, influence, and determine the future of our country and the future of our rights as women of America.
And as the election nears, I urge you to think about whether we want to return to an era where women did not exercise their vote;
Or if we want to lead the world into an era where women do.
But if you do nothing else, vote. To not vote is to take for granted the privilege a century of suffering has given you — a privilege so many women across the globe are still fighting for.