For Immediate Release:
‘Your Vote is Your Voice’ Launches to Support Women’s Vote
California Commission on the Status of Women & Girls Partners with the CA Secretary of State and California Women Lead to Engage and Educate Women in the 2020 General Election
Sacramento, CA — On this 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage Day, later designated by the U.S. Congress in 1973 as “Women’s Equality Day,” the California Secretary of State, the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls and California Women Lead and are thrilled to launch the Your Vote is Your Voice campaign. This campaign was created to support women in their effort to make an impact at the ballot box in the 2020 General Election by exercising their hard-won right to vote. These organizations are joining forces to increase awareness about voting, voter registration, to increase the number of women voters in California, and to elevate and amplify an overall focus on women’s civic engagement.
“100 years after Women’s Suffrage, the work continues to ensure maximum participation among women voters,” said California Secretary of State Alex Padilla. “Empowering women to be active participants in our democracy begins with equipping them with the tools they need to vote,” said California Secretary of State Alex Padilla. I am happy to partner with the California Commission on the Status of Girls and Women and California Women Lead to ensure that young women understand that their vote is their voice.”
The Your Vote is Your Voice campaign aims to engage and educate women throughout California about participating in the 2020 General election by providing nonpartisan, state-specific voter information online and through virtual discussions with state leaders and experts. The campaign will provide voter information via the Secretary of State’s website, a social media campaign targeted to women, and will hold three virtual discussions about the ballot, the process, and participation. Women can learn more and register for events at https://women.ca.gov/your-vote-is-your-voice/. The discussions will also provide an opportunity for young women and new voters in particular to get their questions and concerns addressed as they prepare to make their mark in 2020.
To help engage more women throughout the State, the campaign has developed a toolkit, meant to be shared and used by women to encourage each other to speak out at the ballot box, and to elevate their voices by voting. Follow the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls at @CCSWG Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and California Women Lead at @cawomenlead on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to participate and share in the #YourVoteIsYourVoice campaign effort. Follow the California Secretary of State’s Office at @CASOSvote on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for additional information on how to #VoteSafe in this election.
“Voting is power. That’s why so many thousands of suffragettes marched, protested, went to jail, went on hunger strikes and so much more to ratify the national vote. In November, we will honor these American heroines by exercising our hard-won power at the ballot boxes,” said Lindsey Nitta, CA Women Lead Executive Director.
“At the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, we are committed to voter awareness and inspiring a culture of empowerment for women and girls, inclusive of women and girls of color, to be engaged and take an active role in their local, state and national elections. Our campaign is focused on motivating women to use their voice, their vote, to create positive change for themselves, their communities, and for our collective future.” said CCSWG Executive Director, LaKenya Jordan.
As California’s largest nonpartisan association of women leaders, California Women Lead provides a positive environment for women involved in public policy to discuss issues and develop relationships across party lines. Learn more at www.cawomenlead.org
For more than 50 years, the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls has identified and worked to eliminate inequities in state laws, practices, and conditions that affect California’s women and girls. Learn more at www.women.ca.gov.