Election 2015: Your Voice, Your Right
Once every four years you get the chance to ask future national politicians what they will do about the issues you care about. As always, the Fawcett Society wants to see gender equality high on the agenda – what will the ruling party do to ensure your gender does not limit your opportunities in life.
Even though they make up over half of the population, women are less likely to vote than men:
- The number of women voting has fallen by 18 per cent between 1992 and 2010.
- In 2010 almost nine million women didn’t vote in the general election
- Young women under 25 were less likely to vote in the 2010 election than their male counterparts (39% vs 50%), the lowest of any demographic group to vote.
Why you should use your vote
This could be the closest election in political history – so now more than ever your vote really matters.
One hundred and fifty years ago our founder Millicent Fawcett was struggling to ensure women could have their say the ballot box. Unlike people in many other countries, we have won the right to vote so it’s vital that you use it. Read a personal account of why voting matters http://www.fawcettsociety.org.uk/blog/why-the-female-vote-matters/
Those who vote have their voices heard (just compare how well pensions have been protected with the high rates of voting among women and men over 50). Government policy impacts all areas of women’s lives and we have the right to be heard.
As long as you have registered, don’t forget to vote in May.