“There never will be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers.”
—Susan B. Anthony
I don’t know about you, but we are still recovering from our food and wine hangovers from last night since we both felt compelled to eat and drink our feelings throughout the debate.
But we got through it! We survived! Good job, everyone! Less than thirty days until this garbage fire of an election season is over and we can focus on nice things like pumpkin spice lattes and the debut of The Crown on Netflix and prepping for Thanksgiving (during which time we expect everyone we know to say they’re thankful the election is over).
Here’s the thing, though: we actually have to get through the next 28 days.
And we came to a stark realization last night.
There is nothing Trump can do or say that’s going to move his base. He’s openly misogynistic, xenophobic, anti-LGBTQ, and racist. The list of people he has mocked and belittled is so extensive we’re not even going to bother laying it all out again. (But here’s a decent summary, if you’re so inclined.)
This is who he is. He’s never hid it, not really.
His supporters understand this and they’re not going to change their minds.
(We personally doubt that the “undecideds” are likely to make up their minds at this point either. If video footage of Donald Trump laughingly discussing sexual assault doesn’t move the needle, then what does? There’s a widely-circulating rumor that the producers of The Apprentice have video footage of him using the N word, and if that’s the case we certainly hope it gets released. But if all that has come before hasn’t changed people’s minds, we rather doubt that video of the GOP nominee using that terrible slur will do it.)
So we have one option left at this point, and we need to be laser focused on this thing in the coming 28 days:
We need every single eligible woman in America to VOTE.
Women cast 53% of the ballots in the 2012 election, and we can do even better this time. In the past several elections the female vote has split more or less evenly among the parties, but 2016 is not your standard election. As this article points out, “no one in modern politics has engineered a provocation seemingly designed to enrage women of every political affiliation.”
And the rage he’s seemingly unwittingly created is changing the game quite a bit.
Current national polls show that women voters support Clinton over Trump by a wide margin, anywhere from 11 points (YouGov/Economist) to 22 or even 23 points (Quinnipiac and Fox News [!!!], respectively).
Woman are going to decide this election. And whether you support Hillary or not, if you’re reading our blog we’re guessing you do not want this man who is an open misogynist choosing our next Supreme Court justices. This man who does not seem to understand the reality of rape culture, who doesn’t appear to value consent, who looks amused by the fact that bullying is increasing as an apparent direct result of his campaign.
This man is the worst of role models for our sons and sends an appalling message to our daughters. He exemplifies the culture that gave us Brock Turner.
So we must be laser focused. That means it’s time to be vocal, lovely friends.
TOMORROW is the last day to register to vote in Louisiana, and deadlines are fast approaching in other states as well. Even if you are not an active social media user, or you’ve been staying out of politics (and really, we can’t blame you for that given how grotesque this has been), we urge you to post and share this link encouraging your friends to register to vote: https://www.rockthevote.com/.
After all, women can only decide the election if we all register to vote, and then we all show up at the polls. Let’s make it happen.
If you are an active Hillary Clinton supporter and would like to volunteer with her campaign, there’s still time, and there are at-home volunteer opportunities. Learn more here. If you’re in Southern California and want to help out, shoot us an email and we can put you in contact with our friend who’s working with Hillary’s team on the ground in SoCal every single day.
November 8 is coming, and women will make the difference.