Full Text of “The Power of Women Voters: We are the Supermajority” Open Letter
Washington, D.C. – Today, the Supermajority Education Fund announced its plans to organize a multiracial coalition of women around issues like paid leave and affordable family and health care, as leaders in Washington work on the details of the Build Back Better Act.
The “The Power of Women Voters” campaign launched today with an initial six-figure print ad buy, via full-page ads in newspapers in Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The ad, in the form of an open letter penned by Supermajority Education Fund’s new Executive Director Amanda Brown Lierman, urges women to recognize their collective power when they come together across age, race and background and to claim that power as a supermajority.
Read the full letter below.
Women are organizers, teachers, caregivers, glass ceiling breakers, mothers and voters.
Women are the Supermajority. And we are calling the shots.
Everything that matters for women and those we love is on the line. In every election since 1964, women have decided the direction of the country. We vote in record numbers, not because we care about ourselves, but because “women’s issues” are the kitchen table issues that define this country. Women are the supermajority and it’s way past time that our government represents us.
Right now, we are close to bearing witness to what our grandmothers never had—equal pay for equal work, affordable childcare, access to home and community based care, and paid leave. When the pandemic shut down our way of life, the unfairness we experienced was finally on display for the world to see. Women bore the brunt of COVID-19 as medical and frontline workers, teachers, mothers and caregivers. We faced impossible choices when childcare centers, schools, and elder care facilities closed. Women have lost our livelihoods and our lives to this pandemic, yet we’ve continued to hold it together by a thread.
In Washington, our leaders are busy debating how to recover from this pandemic and two of the most intense years of our lives. Instead, they should be listening to us, the women who voted them into office. From ensuring our lives are safe, to respecting our bodies and supporting our families—for every major issue facing women today, inequality is at the core. And what we are calling for is fairness.
We will not achieve the change we need, from paid leave to raising the minimum wage, unless we harness the power we already have—the power of our voices. The good news is: when women vote we are an unstoppable force, a supermajority. And when we lift our voices to a melody of change, the resulting sound is progress. We can get the job done. We have a growing group of women working together to achieve equality. We’re keeping our foot on the gas because our jobs, rights, and lives are on the line, and we have never been closer to progress than we are right now.
Now is our moment to realize the progress seeded by the generations of mothers, grandmothers, aunties and sisters that came before us.
We’re coming together across age, race, and background as a coalition of women voting their values who will be recognized as the most powerful voting group in the United States. Join Us.
The Power of Women Voters: We are the Supermajority.
Amanda Brown Lierman, Executive Director of Supermajority Education Fund
Alicia Garza, Co-Founder of Supermajority & Principal of Black Futures Lab
Katherine Grainger, Co-Founder of Supermajority & Civitas Public Affairs Group Partner
Jess Morales Rocketto, Co-Founder of Supermajority & Chair of Families Belong Together
Ai-jen Poo, Co-Founder of Supermajority & Executive Director of National Domestic Workers Alliance
Cecile Richards, Co-Founder of Supermajority & Co-Chair of American Bridge
Kim Anderson, Executive Director of National Education Association
Jordan Brooks, Executive Director of United State of Women
Fatima Goss Graves, President & CEO of National Women’s Law Center Action Fund
Mary Kay Henry, International President of Service Employees International Union
Dawn Huckelbridge, Director of Paid Leave for All
Alexis McGill Johnson, President & CEO of Planned Parenthood Action Fund
Becky Pringle, President of National Education Association
Elisha Rhodes, Interim CEO of YWCA USA
Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Executive Director & CEO of MomsRising
Shaunna Thomas, Co-Founder & Executive Director of Ultraviolet
Maria Town, President & CEO of American Association of People with Disabilities
Randi Weingarten, President of American Federation of Teachers
Supermajority Education Fund focuses on research about the role and standing of women, educates the public about issues of importance to women, and supports policies that advance women. We are making the case and building the demand for the Majority Rules, a set of values that if true, women would have equality in this country. We are shifting the way people think about women’s political power, imagining a different future and using that vision to ignite women’s civic participation.