Since 1980, women have passed men as a voting bloc in every presidential election – and continue to grow in numbers.
This data from the Pew Research Center, reported by MS. Magazine, and local numbers that also show women as the leaders in voting inspire the organizers of the Memphis Women Vote Early campaign 2020.
Leaders from the League of Women Voters of Memphis and Shelby County, Memphis Area Women’s Council, National Coalition of 100 Black Women Memphis Chapter, Women United, Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis and WundHer invite all women’s groups to join the collaboration in urging women to vote – and help others vote -- during the early period Oct. 14-29.
Groups interested in joining the campaign collaborative can email Bettye Boone.
Participants are asked to contact 10 people via text, email, or phone and encourage them to vote early; to place “Women Vote Early” signs in yards and to share with neighbors; and to safely visit locations frequented by women (clinics, salons, spas, ob-gyn offices, etc.) to leave cards urging early voting.
All are invited to a press conference on October 10, 10 a.m., at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church parking lot, an early voting site. Signs, cards and Women Vote Early masks will be distributed.
“Share this campaign on social media using the hashtag #WOMENVOTE_EARLY and a photo of you sharing why it is important to vote in this upcoming election,” said Bettye, Women’s Council board member and past president of the Coalition of 100 Black Women Memphis Chapter. Bettye and the Coalition led Women Vote Early campaigns locally in 2012 and in 2016.