The Supermajority is Here
A new group, dubbed The Supermajority, is aiming to harness the political power of women. The founders are Ai-jen Poo, the 45-year-old Executive Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance; Alicia Garza, the 38-year-old Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter; and Cecile Richards, the 60-year-old former head of Planned Parenthood. The group is described as multiracial and intergenerational, and has a goal of training and mobilizing two million women over the next year to become organizers and political leaders in their communities. “Women are mad as hell and we’ve been in resistance mode for two years,” Garza said. “Now it’s time to equip people.” Supermajority will not endorse individual candidates but will help educate women about candidates’ positions on issues including pay equity and affordable childcare. In 2018, women made up 54% of the electorate and a record number of women ran for office. Yet, the U.S. ranks 78th in the world for women's political representation. "Women have always done the work, the invisible work that makes everything else possible. As organizers, we've all been working to unite women and make progress on the issues women care about -- from low wages to sexual violence. We are tired of those issues being sidelined," said Poo. "We believe that if we connect women and aggregate our power, we can change the direction of this country." One of the main goals of the group is to create a “women’s New Deal for gender equality,” and they plan to launch a listening tour over the summer. More here.