Women make up 51 percent of the U.S. population. And though we are by no means a monolith — in fact, we fall into every ethnic, socioeconomic, religious and ideological group — we have historically been underrepresented politically. This underrepresentation makes our political participation even more imperative. To that end, HuffPost Women has partnered with Rock The Vote, and more than 50 other women’s media brands for a cross-brand effort to encourage and help women across the country to register to vote. Because, quite simply, #OurVoteCounts.
No matter which side of the political aisle you fall on, there’s no denying that this election is about much more than just a presidential race. It’s become a referendum on our nation’s values; a competition between two wildly different visions of what the future could and should hold.
Here are 10 reasons every American woman should exercise her right to vote come November 8.