This Friday marks the ninety-first anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States. In recognition of the anniversary, a coalition of organizations, representing millions of women, announced plans to counter attacks on women’s economic and health security through a new multi-organizational effort, HERvotes. The goal is to mobilize women voters in 2012 around preserving women’s health and economic rights.
The campaign seeks to encourage women to use their voices and their votes to urge lawmakers who seek to represent them to:
- Stop the attacks on historic advances for women;
- Preserve successful policies, such as Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act;
- Respect women’s contribution to the economy; and
- Act on jobs at livable wages and equal pay.
HERvotes launched its much-needed national effort today with a “blog carnival” featuring dozens of websites highlighted by Ms. magazine’s list of the Top Ten Historic Advances for Women’s Lives Now at Risk. Momsrising.org also has a great list of women’s rights under assault and how you can help counter the threats. And plans are in place for a year-long, multi-organizational voter registration and get-out-the-vote project ahead of the 2012 elections.