Women's March Statement on The Election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris
Washington, DC -- On January 21st, 2017, on the first day of Trump’s presidency, millions of women took to the streets across this country for the first Women’s March. Together, we marched, putting our bodies on the line to say that we would not let our democracy be undermined; that this country would always belong to us, the people.
“In the face of hate and division, women spent the last four years marching, training, and organizing.” Women’s March Executive Director Rachel Carmona said. “Over the past four years, we have been an inroad for new activists – millions of women who were angry, fed-up, and ready to demand change. We came together and worked hard, day after day, pushing through every challenge that was thrown our way. We built a movement. And today, the power of women prevailed, slamming the door on Trump’s ugly and dangerous presidency and ushering in a new era of American politics. Today, we took a big step forward but we at Women’s March are just getting started.”
With over 25,000 volunteers, Women’s March helped women turn their anger and frustration into real power by:
Sending over 12 million text messages to women voters
Making more than 30,000 phone calls
Training 650 women to combat disinformation online
Holding over 12,000 actions in local communities in the last four years
The enthusiasm of women across the country and our work contributed to historic turnout:
At least 160 million people voted, 22 million more people than in 2016.
Two thirds of Americans eligible voted.
The Biden-Harris ticket earned more votes than any other Presidential ticket in American history.
We won many races:
We won the Presidency, removing the most dangerous President in modern history from the White House.
We made history by electing the first woman of color as Vice President.
We flipped key US Senate seats in Arizona and Colorado.
We flipped states including Arizona, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania away from Trump.
We won because of women and women of color:
Women of color did the organizing work that allowed us to remove Trump from office.
Just look at Georgia where leaders like Stacey Abrams of Fair Fight and LaTosha Brown of Black Voters Matter spent years organizing the state and transforming the political possibilities.
Voters of color — particularly women of color — again stepped up to create the backbone of a multi-racial base of support for Biden, especially in key battleground states including Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Ballots are still being counted and turn out data is still being analyzed, including mail-in or absentee ballots from Democratic-leaning counties, most with large Black and Brown populations, appear likely to be the deciding factor in who becomes the next US president.
But we still have more work to do:
We did not flip a single statehouse in our favor.
The GOP will have an advantage in drawing congressional and state legislative maps.
This will make it even harder for us to gain and maintain seats in statehouses and in the House of Representatives.