December 18, 2019

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The report is one of the most comprehensive studies on women voters and features data about Asian American and Pacific Islander women, Millennials, and Gen Z.

Last week, YWCA launched the results of their national survey, YWomenVote2020, that details the issues and voting habits of women voters. The non-partisan survey found women to be very enthusiastic to vote with 85% of respondents indicating they were “almost certain” to vote in the 2020 election and 78% believing the election will have a big impact on themselves and their families.

The report also highlighted Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women voters showing that AAPI women voters show strong support for policy issues such as gun control, expanding healthcare, eliminating sexual violence, harassment, and discrimination, from the workforce and strengthening equal pay laws. 85% of those surveyed also found "increase funding for community services" to be "very important."

At the Congressional briefing for this report, APIAVote Communications and Policy Associate Jennifer Baik spoke as a panelist and discussed AAPI women voters as well as women Millennial and Gen Z voters. "It's very difficult to find data on AAPIs," said Baik, "representation for our community is important not just in film and TV but also in data because the folks that use data are politicians, policymakers, and reporters...data is just not numbers. Data is also our experiences." 

Other panelists included Celinda Lake, President and Founder of Lake Research Partners, Debra Ness, President of the National Partnership for Women & Families, Melanie Campbell, President and CEO of The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, Erin Vilardi, Founder and CEO of VoteRunLead, and Brigid Schulte, Director of Better Life Lab, New America. The panel was moderated by YWCA USA CEO Alejandra Y. Castillo and remarks were given by Representative Gwen Moore (D, WI-4) and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D, NY). 

For a full video of the briefing, click here. For a recap, see YWCA's blog post.