Despite being sidelined by a pandemic, moms turned up and out.
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The 19th amendment passed 100 years ago, but a lower percentage of women than men voted in each election until 1980, when Ronald Reagan won the White House. Since then, women have continued to vote at higher percentages than men and have become a powerful constituency.
Biden got 4.6 percent more votes than Hillary Clinton; the suburbs were where the voting patterns most changed. In Georgia, Biden got 8% more votes than Trump in the suburbs and in Michigan and Wisconsin, about 3%.
This year, a new voter demographic emerged: “Zoom moms,” who socialize and talk politics. Women comprise 56% of adults who videoconference; 40% of those are Democrats, 25% are Republicans, and 36% Independents. Half the women talking politics on these calls are Democrats.
Women overall are 8% more likely to vote for Democrats. But when it comes to holding office, even with female Congress members at record highs, just 38% of House Democrats and 36% of Senate Democrats are women. 8% of House Republicans and 15% of Senate Republicans are women.
“If the window was already narrow for women with minor children…to run, it just seems like it will virtually have closed for a lot of those women in this environment.”
This is really a feminist ballot measure as much as it is one that will benefit kids and workers. We know who takes the brunt of the work at home, and that’s moms, many of whom are also working outside the home.