Women — Be at the Table or On the Menu

Editor’s Note: This blog was written by Vision 2020 Co-Chair Lynn Yeakel, M.S.M.

To my fellow American women:

Here’s the hard truth: “If you’re not at the table, you may be on the menu.”

One of every four women is not seated at the table because she isn’t registered to vote. Unless you register and vote, your voice will not be heard on November 6.

This applies not only to the election of either Barack Obama or Mitt Romney as President. It also affects every Congressional, state and local race on the ballot in November.

In this area, more women than men are registered but that’s little to brag about. Over 25 percent of Pennsylvania and New Jersey women were not registered for the last Presidential election: 28.7 percent in Pennsylvania and 28.1 percent in New Jersey. Our  Delaware sisters came in with 24.6 percent unregistered.

These unregistered voters are counted as non-voters. So when you read that only 66 percent of eligible women nationally voted in 2008, that figure includes those who were not registered.

Who are the majority of unregistered women?  Based on U.S. Census data, they are younger than age 25. They do not have a high school diploma. They are unmarried. They are Asian or Hispanic.

They are our neighbors.

To have your voice heard on issues most critical to you — economic and social policies, national security,  international priorities – you must participate in the democratic process.  Women in certain parts of the world put their lives on the line to vote today.  Our foremothers fought tenaciously for suffrage for decades until the 19th Amendment to the Constitution granted women the right to vote in 1920.

But this precious right cannot be exercised without first registering to vote. The deadlines vary: Pennsylvania’s  is  Oct 9; Delaware’s  is Oct 13;  New Jersey’s is Oct. 16.

You can register through the She Rocks the Vote campaign at Drexel.edu/vision2020.

American women, let’s raise our voices. Let’s claim a seat at the table.

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