With the prevalence and power of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements addressing sexual harassment and discrimination, I was stunned to read that most millennials (55 percent) have negative feelings about the marches and demonstrations that have occurred since Donald Trump’s election.
Before lamenting a lack of interest in politics or policies, check out this statistic:
Young women are more likely than young men to have been politically active over the past 12 months.
And in every category — from online participation to volunteering for a cause to attending a public rally or demonstration – young women report greater political engagement than their male peers.
This may be a first – and it may signal an increase in female activism that changes the politics of our country – and county – as more women are running for seats held by men.
You can read more about young people’s attitudes about social issues in the new report by MTV and the Public Religion Research Institute here: https://www.brookings.edu/blog/fixgov/2018/01/10/a-new-wave-of-female-political-activism/
To find out how you can advocate on behalf of women to promote systemic change to achieve gender equity and economic security for all, visit the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition at http://bcwac.org/
Maria Evans is an individual partner of BCWAC.