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Greg Speed in HuffPost: On Father’s Day, Remember The Power Of Our Daughters

Check out AV President Greg Speed’s Huffington Post blog about the impact of women’s issues on whole families – not just women – and the role women’s issues will play in the 2014 election.

Being a father has taught me the enormous importance of our daughters in making our progressive goals for women a reality. Each day I am with my daughter, I have a growing understanding and appreciation of a point my allies in the women’s movement emphasize all the time: women’s issues are family issues, too, and are very much in the interest of men — however slow many of us have been to realize it.

The fight to advance the women’s economic agenda is happening in real time and could have a huge impact on the 2014 election. According to a recent analysis by the Voter Participation Center, American Women and other organizations and foundations: 25 states are currently debating bills to address gender wage discrimination; nearly two-dozen states and cities are considering paid family and sick leave measures; and 40 states will consider raising the minimum wage through either legislation or on the ballot in November.

Women are a powerful part of the electorate. The lagging turnout expected among unmarried women, who contributed enormously to progressives’ margin of victory in 2008 and 2012, could have a major negative impact in November. Progressives’ success or failure will largely be determined by whether unmarried women turn out in numbers roughly equal to their male counterparts.

All of this underscores the essential work of America Votes’ partner organizations like EMILY’s List, Planned Parenthood, NARAL and Women’s Voices Women Vote. These groups are focused on connecting with women voters about what’s at stake for them and families, and how their vote will have an impact on advancing the women’s agenda. And that is work both women and men should support.

To read the full post, check out Greg’s blog on The Huffington Post

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