In 1919 Congress passed the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right to vote. Over a century later, today’s college women are fired up to cast a ballot in the 2020 presidential election.
Historically, women voters have played a significant role in presidential elections. According to a Pew Research study, women reported having turned out to vote at higher rates than men in every U.S. presidential election since 1984. In the 2016 election, 63% of women eligible to vote reported casting ballots, compared to 59% of men.
I asked women why they are casting a ballot this year, and what it means to them. Collegiates are voting on the issues they find important and feel it’s their civic duty to actively participate in democracy.
“I think this is probably one of the most consequential elections of our lifetime, and it’s our civic duty to vote and to participate in our democracy. If we don’t vote, then how else are we going to be involved? That’s the main way we can get our voices heard.” — Moriah
“For many years, women weren’t given the right to vote, and MY VOTE validates that hard-won fight. I have two daughters, and I hope they see the importance of exercising their right to vote too.” — Shay
“Because I feel the U.S. is in a fragile condition. Our leadership for the upcoming election is crucial because it is not just political issues, but also the moral standing of our country.” — Debra
“Because American Ideals and the American dream is at risk of fading away at the hands of a self-centered individual.” — Sara
“I am voting in this upcoming election because I want to honor the women that fought for the right to vote 100 years ago, and I am passionate about the pro-life movement.” — Bethany
“I vote because my ancestors couldn’t vote, I vote so that my childrens’ lives can matter. I vote to make a difference even though my votes don’t feel like they’ve made a difference. Why vote? I vote because even though my hope is lacking, I still have a bit of hope.” — Patara