What if Only Women Voted in the 2020 Election?

The question came up in my mind, and I see many other people have been tossing this question around in conversations online: What if only women voted in the 2020 election? Would it have been a much easier win for the Biden-Harris presidency?

2020 Election Results for Women Voters

2020 election
This image from the Washington Post helps illustrate the point: if only women voted in the 2020 election, it would have been a much easier win for Biden. The key states of Texas, Florida, Arizona, and Pennsylvania would have all been sure wins, as well as many other states. (Image credit: Washington Post)

The above graphic says it all. In the 14 states listed above and in many others, Biden would have won handily.

Important corollary: A very large share of that women’s vote came from women of color, who voted for Biden-Harris at a much higher rate than white women.

The point is this: the more we move away from toxic masculinity in our culture and embrace our kinder, gentler selves, the better this world will be. The more women (especially white women) are aware of the importance of women’s leadership and practice voting that aligns with their values, the better the world will be.

How do we get there? You know my answer: double the current level of funding for women and girls as quickly as possible. If we could get from 1.6 to 3.2 % of all philanthropy really quick, there would be so much more hope for our world.


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Kiersten Marek

Author: Kiersten Marek

Kiersten Marek, LICSW, is the founder of Philanthropy Women. She practices clinical social work in Cranston, Rhode Island, and writes about how women donors and their allies are advancing social change.

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