98 years after granted right to vote, WOW members say women must turn out in Nov. election

98 years after granted right to vote, WOW members say women must turn out in Nov. election

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - August 26, 1920 marks the day women were granted the right to vote in the United States.

Ninety-eight years later, Lynn Shoemaker, a representative with the Women Organizing for Wilmington (WOW) group, says the female vote is more important than ever.

"There is a bumper crop of women, hundreds of women running for public office from top ticket down and we're going to have to elect them. The way we do that is by getting out every vote," Shoemaker said.

More than 150 newcomer female candidates will be on on he ballot come the November elections.

Shoemaker said women make up 52% of the population and 54% of the voter base, yet have less than a 20% representation in political office.

She believes uniting to focus on issues such as workplace discrimination and sexual harassment will make a positive change in the country.

"Women need to come together and they don't need to be divided by political affiliation. We have common needs and wants and I think that if we are united we can accomplish that," Shoemaker said.

WOW plans to hold a 'Pearls to the Polls' drive on election day, where they will offer any woman in need of transportation a free ride to the polls.

"If we can get equitable representation I see a lot happening in a year. I see women working together to change the discussion going on on the floor. I see more cooperation happening in our governmental bodies and I see bills actually passing," Shoemaker said.

The women of WOW will be demonstrating for the 78th consecutive week in downtown Wilmington on Monday.

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