ThinkProgress: What Happens To Democracy After You Gut The Voting Rights Act

April 14th, 2016

ThinkProgress has a new interactive map featuring the stories of people who have been denied their right to vote due to state vote suppression laws implemented after the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act in Shelby v. Holder. Meanwhile, emboldened by that Supreme Court victory, other […] states have accelerated their efforts to disenfranchise […]

Equal Pay Day 2016: Time to Close the #WageGap

April 8th, 2016

Today is Equal Pay Day, a date that symbolizes how far into 2016 the average woman would have to work just to make as much money as the average man made in 2015. Women make, on average, 80¢ for every $1 a man makes—a wage gap that only adds up over time. Over a 40-year career, the average woman will […]

We’re Mailing 4 Million Voter Registration Applications to the Rising American Electorate

March 24th, 2016

We’re pleased to announce that we’re mailing more than 4 million registration applications in March to prospective voters in 20 states, spanning coast to coast. In partnership with key national allies, we’re helping unregistered eligible voters participate in our democracy. “There are about 53 million people of color, unmarried women, and millennials who are not […]

In Praise of Politically Powerful Single Women

February 29th, 2016

Why Rebecca Traister’s triumphant new book, “All the Single Ladies,” matters on Super Tuesday and beyond In her new book “All the Single Ladies” and today on the CBS This Morning show, author Rebecca Traister calls attention to the surging political power of unmarried women, a group she brands as “the most powerful voter this […]

New York Magazine: The Single American Woman

February 22nd, 2016

In her new article in New York Magazine, Rebecca Traister writes about what she calls “the most powerful voter this year”: The single american woman. It is a radical upheaval, a national reckoning with massive social and political implications. Across classes, and races, we are seeing a wholesale revision of what female life might entail. […]

Help Support VPC with One Easy Step!

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.