The Week of Action will include a conversation between Glamour Magazine Editor-in-Chief Samantha Barry and Valerie Jarrett
Washington, DC: To commemorate 100 years since the passage of the 19th Amendment, When We All Vote will partner with the United State Women for the When All Women Vote Week of Action from August 17-August 20, 2020. The Week of Action will focus on voter registration and turnout, and celebrating the women of color who did not actually receive the right to vote when the amendment passed, but have fought for the last century to make the promise of the 19th Amendment a reality for all women.
The week will begin on Monday, August 17, with a campaign for 10,000 women to pledge to make their voices heard in November, and close with a virtual When All Women Vote #CouchParty to reach 300,000 eligible women voters. The #CouchParty will feature a conversation with When We All Vote Board Chair and United State of Women Co-Chair Valerie Jarrett, and Glamour Magazine Editor-in-Chief Samantha Barry. Volunteers will text eligible voters while listening to a live set from Philly’s own DJ Diamond Kuts.
The Week of Action will provide women with the resources and tools they need to use their power and cast their ballots, continuing the legacy of many women, especially women of color, to protect and expand voting rights. The When All Women Vote Week of Action will include the following:
- Monday, August 17: Week of Action Launch
The When All Women Vote Week of Action will launch with a campaign for 10,000 women to pledge to vote in November and invite three friends to join them.
- Tuesday, August 18: Virtual Panel Discussion
A powerful, intergenerational dialogue in partnership with Girls, Inc. titled, “Unfinished Fights, Unsung Heroes: Centering Women of Color in the Voting Rights Movement” will explore the complicated history of the 19th Amendment.
- Wednesday, August 19: Engaging Women Mayors
Focusing on acting at the local level, the Week of Action will feature stories from women mayors, as well as a call to action to encourage mayors across the country to commit to increasing voter participation by joining When We All Vote’s Civic Cities initiative. Eligible voters will also create their voting plan by visiting When We All Vote’s recently launched Voter Resource Hub.
- Thursday, August 20: When All Women Vote #CouchParty
The Week of Action will culminate with a virtual #CouchParty to reach 300,000 eligible women voters using OutVote during a live DJ set by DJ Diamond Kuts. The event will feature a conversation between Valerie Jarrett and Samantha Barry. RSVP here.
A record number of women were elected to the House of Representatives in the 2018 midterm election, and voter turnout increased by 12 percentage points between the 2014 and 2018 elections among women. And despite barriers to voting, Black women often surpass national voter turnout rates. This Week of Action represents When We All Vote’s mission to increase participation in every election merging with the United State of Women’s commitment to gender equity to ensure more women cast their ballots in the General Election.
ABOUT When We All Vote:
When We All Vote is a national, nonpartisan nonprofit that brings together citizens, institutions, brands, and organizations to increase participation in every election. Launched by Michelle Obama, the organization is committed to closing the race and age voting gap and empowering all eligible voters to cast their ballot by harnessing grassroots energy, establishing strategic partnerships, and implementing digital organizing strategies, with the ultimate goal of changing the culture around voting.
Michelle Obama is joined in this effort by fellow Co-Chairs Tom Hanks, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Janelle Monáe, Chris Paul, Faith Hill, Selena Gomez, Liza Koshy, Megan Rapinoe, Shonda Rhimes, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kerry Washington, and Rita Wilson.
In the leadup to the 2018 Midterm Elections, When We All Vote organized over 2,500 local voter registration events across the country, engaged 200 million Americans online about the significance of voting, and texted nearly four million voters the resources to register and get out to vote.
In 2020, When We All Vote is helping to lead in voter education, registration and volunteer engagement. In response to COVID-19, When We All Vote is leading the fight for fair and safe elections by supporting the expansion of access to vote-by-mail, early in-person voting and online voter registration so every American can make their voices heard on Election Day.
ABOUT United State of Women:
The United State of Women is a national organization dedicated to convening, connecting, and amplifying voices in the fight for full gender equity. We are a community for all who identify as women, gender nonconforming, or allies, believe in full gender equity, and want to work collectively to achieve it.
Born out of the Obama Administration’s White House Council on Women and Girls, USOW holds a unique position within the movement. We sit at an uncommon intersection of politics, community engagement, culture change, and leadership development.