Let’s break the record for women voting in the 2020 election! That’s the goal of Vision2020Votes, a nonpartisan, national, online voter mobilization effort to get more women than ever registered and voting in the 2020 elections.
Vision2020Votes is an initiative of Women 100, a series of programs and events that celebrate American women and spark new ideas about the path to gender equality. Presented by Drexel University’s Vision 2020, Women 100 is the largest 19th Amendment centennial celebration in the United States.
According to Lynn H. Yeakel, president and founder of Vision 2020, “In this 100th anniversary year of women’s right to vote, not only is exercising that right an important way to thank the suffragists of a century ago, who fought so long and hard to win that right for us, it is our responsibility and opportunity as citizens to act like the majority we are.”
Among women who were eligible to vote in the 2016 presidential election, more than one third – 37% – did not cast a ballot. In the 2018 midterm election, almost half – 45% – of eligible women did not vote.
“Vision2020Votes is designed to assist and encourage the one-third of eligible American women who habitually do not vote,” continued Yeakel.
There is no more effective way to increase the power of women’s voices in decisions that affect society than voting. Why do people who have registered, signaling they intend to vote, fail to actually vote? In too many cases, life got in the way. They were busy, forgot, missed the mail-in deadline, didn’t know where to go, didn’t have child care, etc.
People who intend to vote are far more likely to overcome such barriers if they join a team of people they know who all commit to voting, they make a plan to vote, and they are encouraged, rewarded and reminded along the way. That’s what happens when participants sign up with Vision2020Votes and invite others to join their same team. If participants want to, they can create their own team and compete for points against other teams. Plus, there are prizes to be won.
Participating in Vision2020Votes is free. Participants will not be asked to donate or to ask their friends for donations. This isn’t about money. It is about friends helping friends be active citizens in our democracy.
Vision 2020 is working with Motivote, an independent company that has developed a digital platform that works toward the increase of voter turnout. Motivote is not a Drexel owned or affiliated entity.
About Vision 2020
Vision 2020 is a national women’s equality coalition headquartered at Drexel University’s Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership. The coalition is made up of individuals and organizations in all 50 states working together for women’s economic, political and social equality in the United States.
About Women 100
Vision 2020’s Women 100 is a celebration of American women during the year in which the 19th Amendment — women’s right to vote — reaches its 100th anniversary. Philadelphia, the birthplace of American democracy, will be home to Vision 2020’s Women 100 programs and events, while members of the Vision 2020 national coalition will host sister programs across the country in support of the 19th Amendment centennial celebration.
Public Relations Manager, Drexel University Communications
Director of Communications, Vision 2020