Voting is arguably one of the most important rights that citizens in a democracy have. The simple act of casting your vote has so many repercussions not just for the voter themselves, but for so many people, and for so many years to come.
However, people sometimes take this right for granted and with the “what difference will one vote make?” attitude, skip out on voting.
So, Marie Claire compiled a list of influential women listing their reasons for voting.
WHY ARE THESE WOMEN CASTING THEIR VOTE?
Megan Rapinoe, U.S. Olympic Medalist & Activist
“I believe voting is part of a deep responsibility I have to make this country better. Every right and liberty I enjoy has been voted into law. Now those of us who have those rights must vote in the interest of others. The world I want to live in isn’t reflected in our government officials and that needs to change. That’s why I’m voting.”
Yara Shahidi, Actor & Activist
“When talking about voting, I feel a sense of ‘indebted gratitude.’ I vote to pay respect to the leaders who have put their lives on the line for the rights of my communities to access the polls; I believe it to be a personal responsibility to continue and honor their legacies—from the brilliant and impassioned Congressman John Lewis to the trailblazer Ida B. Wells. Voting is a powerful activation of civic engagement and an invaluable opportunity to carry with me the voices of the underrepresented.”
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Gabrielle Union, Actor, Activist & Author
“I am voting because I want change. I want radical, life-altering, culture-shifting change. I want politicians who truly represent the will of those who do not shrink when they hear words like, ‘inclusion,’ ‘equality,’ and ‘justice.’ I am voting because Black Lives Matter and I want to ensure our voices are heard loud and clear. I am voting because I want better and more for those who have been forced to swallow empty campaign promises for generations without seeing much difference time and time again. I am voting precisely because I’ve grown weary and I am looking towards the potential lifeline that elections and new voices can bring.”
Cynthia Nixon, Actor & Activist
“Need a reason to vote? I’ve got 160,000 reasons, and counting. Do it for them.”
Ava DuVernay, Filmmaker & Founder, Array
“I’m voting because people currently in the White House don’t want me to.”
Laverne Cox, Actor, Producer & Activist
“This is 2020. A huge reason why I am voting is because the congressional district lines will be drawn by the state representatives we elect this year. It’s crucial we focus our attention on down ballot candidates who are more likely to draw districts that are not gerrymandered. Voters should select our representatives—not representatives selecting voters. I am voting for reproductive rights, racial justice, civil rights, climate justice, economic justice. I am voting for the hope of campaign finance reform. HR1 needs to be signed into law to secure every citizen’s right to vote. We need money out of politics so that our representatives are working for their constituents and not their donors. HR1 could be the beginning of that. I hope everyone fills out their census information—it’s just as important as the election. Voting is about us being counted. So is the census. We should all be counted.”
Tracee Ellis Ross, Actor, Singer & Businesswoman
“I vote because it’s one of the most important ways I can participate in dismantling the man-made inequity that was built into the fabric of this country. I vote because we need better lawmakers to create and uphold better laws. I vote because I believe in universal access to quality education, healthcare, and the right to choose. I vote as an act of solidarity with my community. I vote not just for myself, but for the safety, equity, humanity, justice, and freedom for BIPOC and LGBTQ people.”
Chelsea Handler, Comedian, Author & Activist
“I’m voting for the rights of minorities; to show support and solidarity with the LGBTQ community and for the progressive candidates who are interested in protecting the rights of the people who have been marginalized. I am not voting in the interest of my taxes. I am voting for human rights, decency, and the future.”
Mandy Moore, Actor & Singer
“I hope we can all feel in our bones that this is the most consequential election of our lifetime. There is too much at stake to sit on the sidelines. I want to use my voice to be an active participant in changing the status-quo because it is not an equitable path forward. That’s why I’m voting.”
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, U.S. Representative (NY-14)
“New York is experiencing three concurrent crises: a crisis of health with COVID-19, the economic crisis of mass unemployment, and the crisis of racism in our systems of law enforcement. All three of these crises have something crucial in common. They haven’t presented us new problems, but they’ve set on fire existing ones. But what if these broken systems weren’t built to last in the first place? What if a better world is possible? These are systemic problems and I’m proud to have been fighting for systemic solutions like Medicare for all, a federal jobs guarantee, and the end to mass incarceration. This election day is a big day for people who have been left behind. People are coming together in an unprecedented movement to build a better future and a better world. It’s time to bring the movement to the voting booth. And that’s why I’m voting on Election Day.”