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Women’s Voices in Municipal Elections

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Women’s Voices in Municipal Elections
By Lauren Gordon
Posted: 2023-10-03T13:11:39Z

With Early Voting in Cary for this year's Municipal Election already underway, and Angier, Apex, Durham, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Morrisville, Rolesville, Wake Forest, Wendell, and Zebulon not far behind, it's a great time to remember (and remind our friends and neighbors!) why voting in local elections is crucial to our democracy and our everyday lives.

Although Municipal elections don't receive as much attention as national or state-level elections, the significant influence of municipal elections on women's rights and interests should compel all of us to get out and vote as well as encourage others to! From local policies to representation, these elections shape the foundations of our communities and have a direct bearing on the well-being of women. Let's delve into why it's crucial for women (and men!) to cast their votes in municipal elections.

  1. Local Policies Have a Daily Impact

Municipal governments are responsible for crafting and implementing policies that affect the everyday lives of residents. These policies range from education and healthcare to transportation and public safety, all of which significantly impact women's lives. Here's how:

a) Education: Local school boards and authorities have a substantial say in shaping the quality of education within your community. Voting in municipal elections allows you to support candidates who prioritize policies like inclusive and comprehensive sex education, equal opportunities for girls in sports and academics, and safe school environments that prevent gender-based discrimination and violence.

b) Healthcare: Access to affordable healthcare services like reproductive healthcare, maternal health and mental health resources are essential for women's well-being. Voting for municipal leaders who support healthcare policies that cater to the unique needs of women is an effective way to advocate for women's health rights.

c) Housing and Homelessness: Municipal elections have a direct impact on housing policies, which can disproportionately affect women and families. Advocating for affordable housing initiatives, shelters, and support services for homeless women and children can help address pressing gender-related issues.

  1. Representation Matters

Women's voices deserve to be heard and represented at all levels of government, including municipal bodies. A diverse and inclusive local government can address issues that directly impact women, such as gender-based violence, workplace discrimination, and equal pay. Here's why representation matters:

a) Policy Perspective: Women bring unique perspectives and experiences to the table, which can lead to more comprehensive and effective policies addressing issues like domestic violence prevention, childcare support, and women's economic empowerment.

b) Role Models: Female representation in local government can inspire young girls to pursue leadership roles and engage in civic participation, ensuring a brighter future for women in politics.

c) Accountability: Having women in leadership positions ensures that women's concerns are not overlooked, and it holds municipal governments accountable for gender-related issues.

  1. Grassroots Initiatives

Municipal elections offer an opportunity for women to get involved in grassroots initiatives that drive change in their communities. Whether it's joining a local women's advocacy group, supporting female candidates, or organizing community events, participating in municipal elections fosters a sense of community engagement and empowerment.

  1. Setting a National Example

Municipal elections can set the stage for broader change. Local successes can inspire statewide or national policy shifts that positively impact women's rights and interests. When women actively engage in municipal politics, they send a powerful message that their concerns are a priority, influencing policy decisions at higher levels of government.

Municipal elections may not always make headlines, but their impact on women's rights and interests is undeniable. From shaping local policies to promoting representation and fostering grassroots initiatives, participating in these elections is a concrete way to empower women and affect change within our communities. As women, our voices and votes matter, and by actively engaging in municipal elections, we can work towards a brighter, more equitable future for all. The power to make a difference starts right in your own neighborhood.

Don't forget to bring your ID and a friend to vote this year :)

Early Voting 

Cary: September 21 - October 7 

Angier, Apex, Durham, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Morrisville, Rolesville, Wake Forest, Wendell, and Zebulon: October 19 - November 4 

Election Day 

Cary: October 10 

Angier, Apex, Durham, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Morrisville, Rolesville, Wake Forest, Wendell, and Zebulon: November 7 

More info on polling locations, voter registration, and candidates at