Acting together for positive change - that is collective impact
February 10, 2017
If we can’t wait another 100 years to see women holding half of the top positions in government, now is the time for women to act like the majority we are. As the largest demographic group in America, women can have serious political clout — if more of us register, vote and run for office.
In an ambitious effort to bring about political parity for women, Vision 2020 and key Allied Organizations have decided to augment the impact of our separate actions to take action together.
We called a press conference to announce a monumental goal: 100% turnout of eligible women voters in the November 2020 national election.
The announcement came on January 30, a day when leaders of two dozen national organizations dedicated to increasing women’s participation in the political process met at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia to formulate strategy.
The challenge we and our allies are embracing together is great: In the past 10 presidential elections, between 59.6% and 66.3% of registered women voted. And the 2016 election resulted in no net gain of women in Congress.
“What we have been seeing has been a real stagnation both in women running for office and the number of women getting elected,” noted Debbie Walsh, director of Rutgers’ Center for American Women and Politics. “What we know is that, when women run, they win at about the same rate as men do in comparable races. Our challenge is that not enough women are running.”
Like the suffragists a century ago, we understand that the right to vote was just the first step toward women’s full equality. But if the glacial pace of progress toward 50-50 shared leadership among women and men in government were to continue, women would not reach parity for another 100 years.
Now we have a plan to accelerate progress, and a major piece of that plan took shape on January 30. We were fortunate to have as our facilitator Sarah Owen, president and CEO of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation and a Vision 2020 National Delegate. Sarah is experienced in the collective impact model that Vision 2020 has adopted for collaboration among organizations to achieve a common agenda.
While our agenda has clear political goals, it is nonpartisan. We are committed to getting more women involved in politics: Democrats, Republicans and Independents alike.
Women’s equality is unfinished business. Work remains. We invite you to get involved in this work. Many specific ways to get involved are forthcoming this year as several major national initiatives take shape.
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