Valerie Jarrett and Glamour editor-in-chief Samantha Barry have a message: If you need to register to vote before the 2020 elections, next week is a great time to do it. It’s not just a few short weeks out from one of the most consequential elections of our lifetime, but also the centennial of women’s right to vote.
When We All Vote—a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to voter registration efforts—is launching a new initiative: The When All Women Vote Week of Action, held in partnership with the United State of Women. Between August 17 and August 20, the organization will roll out a series of tools and resources to help register women voters and share how all of us can bolster voter participation.
On Thursday, August 20, Glamour Editor-in-Chief Samantha Barry and When We All Vote board chair Valerie Jarrett are hosting a virtual voter registration #CouchParty. RSVP here for the event, which will kick off at 5PM ET. It’ll start with a short a Q&A, and then the virtual celebration begins, with a training for volunteers on how to help people register to vote and an appearance from DJ Diamond Kuts.
“This year marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment’s ratification, which granted some women the right to vote—but not all,” Jarrett tells Glamour. “Many women, especially women of color, were still disenfranchised for years to come, despite their advocacy work.”
ICYMI: The upcoming election is an historic one in terms of representation. Former Vice President (and current presumptive Democratic nominee) Joe Biden just announced that Senator Kamala Harris will be his running mate, making her the first Black woman and first Asian-American woman to run on a major party ballot. Plus, women of color are running for Congress in record-breaking numbers.
“During the When All Women Vote Week of Action, we will celebrate our progress and continue the work to ensure women everywhere have the ability to register to vote and participate in every election,” Jarrett says. “I couldn’t be more excited to commemorate our progress since the passage of the 19th Amendment and discuss the ways all women can get involved with Samantha Barry, Editor-in-Chief of Glamour, a publication committed to empowering women and telling our stories.”
And if you’ve never cast a ballot before and are really eager to get a head start on next week’s festivities, register to vote here.