Madeline Johnson cast her vote for the first time this 2020 Presidential Election.
““This is my first election as a registered voter,” said Johnson.
But, to her, voting is more than just a chore on her to-do list.
“Not only is it my own right to vote, it was hundreds of thousands of women before me that went through so many trials just so that I could walk up to the polls and make a difference in my country,” said Johnson.
One hundred years ago, women fought for a difference that changed history.
“In 1920, women got the right to vote, and then later, after the Voting Rights Act, more minority women got the right to vote in 1965,” said the Women’s Vote Celebration Coordinator, Simone Sale.
Women began fighting for suffrage as early as 1820 until the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment 100 years later when women could finally exercise their political voice.
“We are just out here celebrating all women being able to vote and letting our voices be heard,” said Sale.
Not only is it a celebration of women’s right to vote but also a demonstration of their significant voter turnout.
Women have dominated voter turnout by four percentage points over the past three presidential elections, and, after 100 years of voting, they continue to cast their votes and demand their voices be heard.
“In East Baton Rouge Parish, we had just over a 70% voter turnout, but, among women, that number was just over 72%,” said East Baton Rouge Registrar of Voters, Steve Raborn.
Women’s soaring turnout in East Baton Rouge and other large parishes in Louisiana impacted these parish’s election results.
“Women, specifically black women, in places like Orleans and East Baton Rouge Parish voting in record numbers and voting overwhelmingly probably 90% or more for Biden, and that made a difference,” said LSU Political Communications Professor Bob Mann.
As represented in voter turnout rates, women do not take their right to vote for granted.
“I think that me voting today is just a reflection of all of that hard work from the past,” said Johnson.
And the hard work of the Women’s Movement persists as women continue to voice their opinions through the polls.