: Unmarried America: The Impact of Changing Demographics on Public Policy and Politics
The fastest-growing large segment of America’s population is also among the least likely to participate in our democracy. Unmarried women currently make up 46 percent of all voting age women and their numbers are increasing. Yet 20 million unmarried women sat out the 2004 election, despite the high turnout across the board. On Wednesday, February 22 at 8:30 a.m., Women’s Voices. Women Vote. Action Fund and the Center for American Progress Action Fund will host a panel discussion on the emerging unmarried American majority. WVWVAF will release its groundbreaking new survey of 1,509 unmarried Americans. This survey explores what motivates unmarried women to vote and what barriers are in the way. It looks at their policy preferences and how they see the upcoming 2006 elections. The panel will feature leading experts on public opinion, demographic trends and women’s policy to discuss women on their own – who they are, how they live and what they want. Most importantly, the panel will discuss how unmarried women can make their priorities the nation’s priorities.