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Can Millennial Women Decide the Next Election?

By Vanity Fair

A new collaboration between the Hive, theSkimm, and SurveyMonkey traces the interest, and likely impact, of female millennial voters in advance of the consequential 2018 midtermsRead full story

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  • There are so many stats in this story my head is spinning.

    If the 2016 election and the failure of Nate Silver’s numbers has taught us anything, numbers don’t always tell the full story. We all underestimated Trump’s ability to convert rally supporters to the polls. He was able to unite the crowds of angry citizens to action, by inciting a clear defined message of solidarity with the common man’s struggle.

    What women need is the same unifying force. There hasn’t been an emergence of a male

    There are so many stats in this story my head is spinning.

    If the 2016 election and the failure of Nate Silver’s numbers has taught us anything, numbers don’t always tell the full story. We all underestimated Trump’s ability to convert rally supporters to the polls. He was able to unite the crowds of angry citizens to action, by inciting a clear defined message of solidarity with the common man’s struggle.

     

    What women need is the same unifying force. There hasn’t been an emergence of a male or female Democratic candidate that any of us can get excited about for 2020. We are all unified in many social issue; women’s reproductive health, equal pay, education and a few others.  The Democrats need to parley all the emotions, disappointment,  excitement from the #metoo movement and the Women’s March into a candidate that can vocalize that as well as Trump did for middle America.

  • Clearly there is a difference between taking to the streets to march and taking to the polls to vote: More young women seem to be doing the former than the latter. In a country with already low turnout in presidential votes (relative to some countries anyways) mid-term elections generally fail to capture people's interest. And the polling numbers in here aren't terribly convincing that this year will represent some a sea change. But let's hope the polling numbers are off (it certainly wouldn't be the first time for that).

  • I feel like I literally just read an article called "The Battle of the Young White Women and Old White Women". This article genuinely doesn't seem like it was for or about women of color.

  • I'm actually heartened by how high the percentage of women who say that they are "more likely to run for office" in light of the 2016 election. The figure is presented as low--29%--but think of what kind of resources young women would suddenly need to marshal to run for office. They, for the most part, are not yet well paid or well established in their professional worlds, and they may lack access to health care, child care, etc. These material limitations are just as important as political commitment.

  • The more likely you are to turn up at a march, the more likely you are to turn up at the ballot box.

    This does not apply to turning on your device and “liking” or “following” activist groups on Facebook.

  • Can they - of course they can! I think the question is framed incorrectly. The question is - will they? Given what’s been happening they most definitively should.

  • I’ve covered a lot of politics and I’m always weary of this group or that group discussions. It NEVER turns out as “they” guess. There are facts that suggest different dynamics for this mid term, eg it is a fact more women are running across the country from local to federal seats what that means, hard to say. Period.

  • A confluence of social and technological movements that feels like it's found its moment #abouttime

  • Contrary to common belief, Woman do not really support each other. Just because they agree on things, and voice the same concerns, doesn't make them kindred spirits!

  • Given the surge in women running for office, Millennial women will likely turn out to vote since they will see more candidates who reflect their experience and values.

  • TL;Dr: Yes they can.

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