Women make up half the population but hold only 22% of the 500,000 total elected offices in the United States. Research suggests that at the rate in which we are electing women to public office in the United States, we will not reach parity with men for at least another 100 years.
Despite the myriad of issues facing our country, political disengagement is rampant.
On a national level, only 50 percent of 18 to 29-year-olds voted in the 2016 presidential election.
The 2017 New York City mayoral primary election boasted the lowest voter turnout seen here since World War II.
The 2020 Census will determine how more than $400 billion dollars of federal funding are spent on schools, job training, community centers, hospitals and similar institutions, as well as the allocation of Congressional seats. Yet the threat of an undercount in New York and elsewhere grows, while many immigrants, fearful of the tide of nationalist sentiments across the country, go into hiding.
As the political climate becomes more threatening and even less supportive of girls, young women, and LGBQ/TGNC youth of color, they need to impact the power structures that directly control their lives. Given the current political landscape, many communities recognize that now is the time to leverage the historic wave of women’s activism that the Women’s March and Me Too Movement have wrought.