Grab your star-spangled top hat, start waving that baby sized American flag, and slip into your red, white and blue undies- It’s election day!!! For those of you who are of age to vote, like myself, today’s the day we get to exercise our civic duty and head out to the polls for an election that, quite possibly, will be one for the books.
Whether you’re a Democrat, Republican, Liberal, Conservative, Moderate, Green Party, Tea Party, Keg Party (I dunno), it is YOUR time to let your voice be heard by the old farts on Capitol Hill.
Speaking of old farts, did you know that white, married men no longer make up the majority of voters these days? It’s true! While the majority of seats in Congress are taken up by the dairy-airs of white men, the Voter Participation Center confirms that young, single women are actually the most powerful voters of the year. It may be due to the fact that I am a young. single. woman. but this makes me pretty darn excited!
I mean, think about it, women’s right to vote is less than 100 years old. Take a trip back to the 1920’s and men would have laughed in your face if you told them that one day, their “grocery shoppin’ baby makers” would sway elections, determine policies, and maybe, juuuuust maybe, not feel the need to tie the knot with a guy in the first place.
Flash forward to 2015 and the journey of the single lady still faces negative lash back from certain Fox News commentators (who, I argue, are still stuck in the 1920’s). When discussing the upcoming elections, host Kimberly Guilfoyle explained why she didn’t think young single women should vote:
“It’s the same reason why young women on juries are not a good idea. They don’t get it. They’re not in that same life experience of paying the bills, doing the mortgage, kids, community, crime, education, health care. They’re healthy and hot and running around without a care in the world.”
Okay, Kimberly, FIRST OF ALL are young, single men somehow different from women in this scenario you’ve built? Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to live in this fantasy world where everyone is beautiful and healthy and not stressed out by things like, I don’t know, student loans, unemployment, THE WAGE GAP. Whatever. But alas, we are- and I’m willing to bet young men are as well.
Second of all, the path of the single lady (#Beyoncé) is ridden with challenges outside of your particular, patriarchal branded point of view. We do pay bills, without the help of our significant other I might add, and we have rich and unique experiences with community, crime, education, and health care. “How can this be???” Well, simply put, we’re no longer the powerless, dependent humans of the world that our sexist society intended us to be.
In fact, NY Mag puts forth a snap-worthy argument, stating: “Women are not abstaining from or delaying marriage to prove a point about equality. They are doing it because they have internalized assumptions that just a half-century ago would have seemed radical” Yes, NY Mag, PREACH NY Mag!
As the power of the single lady vote comes to a high it is crucial that this group actually exercises her right. While there are certainly numerous political traps to keep her voice out of the mix (seemingly never-ending voting lines, restrictions that disenfranchise women and people of color and, of course, insults from right wing ass-hats that make any woman want to stay out of the political process) the young, single female voter has got to step out to the polls TODAY and let her voice be heard.
For those of you single ladies, or literally any of you who have not stepped out to the polls yet today, check out this quiz on isidewith.com to determine what candidate your beliefs align with. (Because voting is hard if you don’t know who to vote for)
No matter what political or demographic group you belong to, voting is your civic duty. So go, cast your vote, talk to the cute old folks working at the polls, and slap on your “I voted” sticker like it’s a badge of honor because, honestly, it is.