What if Only Women Voted in the 2020 Election?

Editor’s Note: This post about how women voted in the 2020 election originally appeared on November 11, 2020, and has been updated to reflect our country’s new investments from the Biden-Harris Administration.

The question came up in my mind about 2020 women voters, 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

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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)

If Only Women Voted, Biden-Harris Landslide Win

The answer is a resounding yes. 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.

We’ve seen some significant action with increasing donations for women and girls in the past nine months, but we’ve also had some significant reductions such as Novo’s un-funding of efforts to end violence against women. Hopefully with the Biden-Harris infrastructure bill, we will begin to invest more deeply in the care economy, and this will help feed a country where people are happier because they feel more supported and more secure.

What if Only Women Voted, and What if We Paid Women for Their Work

A recent editorial by Riane Eisler in Ms. Magazine drives home the point that the faster we help more women get elected to office, the happier we all have the potential to become.


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Author: Kiersten Marek

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

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