In every presidential election since 1980, the proportion of women who voted has exceeded the proportion of men who voted. As of the 2008 election, women are the largest voting demographic with African American woman being second. So the next time you hear a political analysts discuss ‘the women’s vote,’ bear in mind that she or he is talking about a powerful constituency that numbers in the millions. The vote of women – individually and collectively – can make or break elections, candidates, and outcomes. Ladies, you are one vote away from changing the world.
1. It’s called the White HOUSE after all:
At the end of the day most men think their role is going out and becoming the bread winner while women should stay home and control the house. Okay fair enough. We’ll take that nice White one at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. We’ll leave the light on for you.
2. Women simply out number the men:
It’s currently about 157 million women in the US today. The number of males are 151.8 million. At 85 and older, there were more than twice as many women as men.
3. Women have a major affect on our economy:
Ladies cut the check! Women owns 7.8 million businesses and accounted for 28.7 percent of all businesses nationwide, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Survey of Business Owners. These businesses generated $1.2 trillion in receipts, about 3.9 percent of all business receipts nationwide. In addition, the businesses they owned equally with men added another 8.1 million workers. Furthermore, businesses where women were owners or half-owners numbered 12.4 million firms, representing 45.7 percent of all businesses.
4. The majority of registered voters are women:
In non-presidential election years, women continue to turn out in greater proportions than men. And women outnumber men among registered voters. In 2004, 75.6 million women and 66.4 million men reported they were registered voters – a difference of 9.2 million.
5. Women rule the polls:
Female voters are the over all largest voting demographic. In recent elections, voter turnout rates for women have equaled or exceeded voter turnout rates for men. Women, who constitute more than half the population, have cast between four and seven million more votes than men in recent elections. In examining previous presidential election years prior to 2008, the numbers make this point clear. Of the total voting age population:
- In 2008, 65.7% of women and 61.5% of men voted.
- In 2004, 60.1% of women and 56.3% of men voted.
- In 2000, 56.2% of women and 53.1% of men voted.
- In 1996, 55.5% of women and 52.8% of men voted.
6. Minority (combined majority) women are dedicated voters:
The Center for American Women and Politics also notes that the voting gender difference holds true across all races and ethnicities with one exception:
Among Asians/Pacific Islanders, Blacks, Hispanics, and Whites, the number of female voters in recent elections has exceeded the number of male voters. While the difference in voter turnout rates between the sexes is greatest for Blacks, women have voted at higher rates than men among Blacks, Hispanics, and Whites in the last five presidential elections; in 2000, the first year for which data are available, Asian/Pacific Islander men voted at a slightly higher rate than Asian/Pacific Islander women.
7. Women have lost time to make up for:
Women have had the right to vote for less than 100 years but yet we consistently out number the men come election day. It’s a lot of lost time to make up for.
8. This election is war and women are right in the middle of the battlefield:
Women will be the most sought-after voters this November because in several of the key battlefield states women out vote the men. Here is just to name a few;
Female Registered Voters: 4,725,000
Female Votes 2008: 4,274,000
Women Out-Vote Men by: 597,000
29 Electoral Votes
Female Registered Voters: 3,196,000
Female Votes 2008: 2,879,000
Women Out-Vote Men by: 275,000
18 Electoral Votes
Female Registered Voters: 2,671,000
Female Votes 2008: 2,364,000
Women Out-Vote Men by: 358,000
15 Electoral Votes
Female Registered Voters: 2,126,000
Female Votes 2008: 2,010,000
Women Out-Vote Men by: 369,000
13 Electoral Votes
9. Because it’s Your Time:
The Obama administration have employed more women then any other administration in US history. Women are positioned and primed be a major force in the political ranks.
10. Female Voters have influence:
Women being the nucleus of most families results in women also being the more influential force behind getting the non voters or first time voters off the sofa and out to the the nearest polling station. Capturing a woman’s vote is a domino effect in capturing her entire family. Female voters are key to getting the under 25 demographic out to vote.
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Why let other people decide what is best for you when you have a voice: the vote. It’s your right. Young people, women and underrepresented groups all fought hard for the right to vote. Even today there are countries where people are still fighting for the right to vote. Vote in honor of those who can’t. Representation. Does it seem as if politicians don’t “get” you? Want politicians in office who represent your needs and concerns? Then vote. To bust the stereotype! Some adults think, “Young people are lazy, they don’t care about their communities, they don’t vote.” Prove them wrong. If you don’t vote, someone else will. Our government was designed for citizen participation, so if you don’t vote – other people are going to make the decisions for you. Every vote counts. The 2004 Governor’s election proved how close things can get. Every vote counts. It’s your money. The county commissioners, governor, state treasurer, legislators, President and members of Congress you vote for will decide how to spend your money. Vote for those that agree with your point of view. You won’t always be young. Will social security be there when you need it? Save the world. The air, the land, the water–we need them all. It’s your backyard. Crime prevention, laws and law enforcement, safe and affordable homes, traffic patterns, schools, parks and recreation…
Source: 2010 Census “CAWP Fact Sheet: Gender Differences in Voter Turnout.” Forbes. The Center for American Women and Politics, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. June 2005.