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February 1st, 2016

We’ve been selected as one of three nonprofit organizations that will receive funds from CREDO in February 2016—but how much we get depends on you. CREDO is a progressive activist network and a provider of mobile and long distance phone services, as well as the CREDO credit card. Every month, they donate a portion of […]

Equal Pay Can’t Wait – Especially for Unmarried Women

January 27th, 2016

Friday, January 29 is the seventh anniversary of the signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act—a bill aimed at closing the pay gap between men and women working the same jobs. And while this landmark bill moved us in the right direction, progress has been slow. In fact, at this pace, experts predict it […]

Page Gardner: Unmarried Women Want Economic Solutions

January 11th, 2016

As the 2016 campaign continues to heat up, the syndicated television program “Matter of Fact” with Fernando Espuelas produced this piece focusing on the need for candidates to connect with women. VPC President Page Gardner is featured in the segment, talking about the findings of our ongoing research—which is that women, and unmarried women in […]

Voter Registration by Snail Mail?! Yes, Snail Mail!

September 29th, 2015

We have to admit it: In an age of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram—to say nothing of Tumblr, Vine, and Meerkat—some people may think that “snail mail” is nearly as old school as the Pony Express itself.

But when you’re talking about voter registration, home-delivered mail is what works.

VPC Mails 1.4 Million Voter Registration Forms to Americans in 8 States

September 29th, 2015

The Voter Participation Center (VPC) this month is mailing more than 1.4 million registration applications to prospective voters in eight states. The fall mail drop is the first stage of an ambitious campaign to register between 1 million and 1.5 million new voters during the 2016 presidential election season. In partnership with key national and state-based allies, VPC is providing eligible Americans a fast and easy way to participate in our democracy.

Ways to spread the word about National Voter Registration Day

September 21st, 2015

The American electorate has changed and today members of the Rising American Electorate—millennials, people of color, and unmarried women—represent close to 57 percent of the voting-eligible population and have the opportunity to impact election outcomes up and down the ballot in 2016… if they show up at the polls.

It is crucial that our nation’s policies reflect who America is today and we’re counting on you to help us make this year’s National Voter Registration Day a success.

Why Tomorrow May Be the Most Important National Voter Registration Day Ever

September 21st, 2015

Ever since we started the Voter Participation Center more than a decade ago, we’ve honored National Voter Registration Day. It’s always been an important day for us, but never more so than this year. That’s because in 2016, for the first time ever, people of color, young Americans and unmarried women will likely cast over […]

Reaching the “Invisible” Americans

August 27th, 2015

At least 11 percent of adult American citizens are “unlisted” and do not appear on voter registration lists or consumer data lists, according to a new study (PDF) by the Stanford University political science department. The study reports that about 20 percent of African Americans and Hispanics are unlisted, compared to just 8 percent of […]

Page Gardner: How Unmarried American Women Can Change The World

August 18th, 2015

What would Susan B. Anthony and her fellow suffragettes think if they knew that close to 40 percent of unmarried women weren’t even registered to vote at the start of the last presidential election? On August 18, 1920, a state legislator from Tennessee cast the deciding vote to ratify the 19thAmendment. More than 144 years […]

Remembering Julian Bond

August 16th, 2015

Julian Bond was a lifetime champion of civil rights. As the co-founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the 1960s, to his leadership of the NAACP, he was a brave and effective defender of civil and human rights for all. In 1971 he co-founded the Southern Poverty Law Center, which today honored his service […]