Women At The DNC & RNC Tell Us Why They're Really Voting

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There are an estimated 34 million millennial women in the U.S., and they are poised to make a big impact in this year's presidential election. But the issues that matter to them are as diverse as they are. A joint ABC News/Refinery29 poll conducted this spring found that while 78% of millennial women believe this election is going to have an impact on their lives, 49% think that the candidates are hardly talking about the issues that are important to them.

So we set out to learn what really does matter to these young female voters. During the weeks of the 2016 Republican and Democratic National Conventions, Refinery29 asked women on both sides of the aisle why they're committed to voting this year.

Ahead, young women share their perspectives from inside Instagram's Tiny Oval Office.

Kaelyn Forde contributed reporting from Cleveland and Philadelphia.

Refinery29’s News team is on the ground covering the Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention. Follow along @R29News and check out our full coverage of the 2016 race here.

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Dayna Geldwert
Politics and Government Outreach, Instagram

"I'm voting because my voice matters!"
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Amanda Henneberg
Chief Operating Officer, Cavalry

"I'm voting because I love America."
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Cheramie Law
Executive Director, Guardian for Heroes Foundation

"I'm voting because veterans need a voice."
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Cheramie Law
Executive Director, Guardian for Heroes Foundation

"I'm voting because veterans need a voice."
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Heather Laird
Los Angeles-based Psychotherapist


"I'm voting to protect my rights and freedoms as an American Muslim woman!"
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Heather Laird
Los Angeles-based Psychotherapist


"I'm voting to protect my rights and freedoms as an American Muslim woman!"
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Erin Egan
VP of Public Policy and Chief Privacy Officer, Facebook


"I'm voting because I believe in our democracy."




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Erin Egan
VP of Public Policy and Chief Privacy Officer, Facebook

"I'm voting because I believe in our democracy."
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Katie Harbath
Global Politics and Government Outreach Director, Facebook

"I'm voting because women's voices matter."
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Katie Harbath
Global Politics and Government Outreach Director, Facebook

"I'm voting because women's voices matter."
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Catherine Costakos
Convention Volunteer

"I'm voting because [of] America's future generations."
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Catherine Costakos
Convention Volunteer

"I'm voting because [of] America's future generations."
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Josette Cruz
Texas Delegate


"I'm voting because political revolution must continue!"
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Josette Cruz
Texas Delegate


"I'm voting because political revolution must continue!"
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Emily Ziegler
Convention Volunteer

"I'm voting because I can."
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Emily Ziegler
Convention Volunteer


"I'm voting because I can."
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Alex Smith
National Chair, College Republican National Committee

"I'm voting because millennial women deserve better than Washington's failures!"
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Alex Smith
National Chair, College Republican National Committee

"I'm voting because millennial women deserve better than Washington's failures!"
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Carrig Balderston
Facebook Politics and Government Team

"I'm voting because a woman belongs in this chair in real life!"
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Carrig Balderston
Facebook Politics and Government Team

"I'm voting because a woman belongs in this chair in real life!"
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Carolina Hurley
National Communications Director, C
ollege Republican National Committee

"I'm voting because the deficit is too damn high!"
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Carolina Hurley
National Communications Director, C
ollege Republican National Committee

"I'm voting because the deficit is too damn high!"
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Tori Boyce
Texas Delegate


"I'm voting because progressive politics is the future!"
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Tori Boyce
Texas Delegate


"I'm voting because progressive politics is the future!"
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Jill Barclay
Director of Special Projects, Harbinger Outreach

"I'm voting because America shouldn't apologize."
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Jill Barclay
Director of Special Projects, Harbinger Outreach


"I'm voting because America shouldn't apologize."
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Mary Katharine Ham
CNN Commentator and Writer at The Federalist

"I'm voting because it matters what kind of country I leave my kids, plus it matters that they see I care."
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Mary Katharine Ham
CNN Commentator and Writer at The Federalist

"I'm voting because it matters what kind of country I leave my kids, plus it matters that they see I care."
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Ali-Jae Asselstine
Account Executive, Google

"I'm voting because my voice matters."
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Ali-Jae Asselstine
Account Executive, Google

"I'm voting because my voice matters."
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Priscilla Chávez (left) and Carla Arellanes (right)
New Mexico Delegates


"I'm voting because I started with Hillary and am finishing our journey," Chávez said.

"I'm voting because we are finishing our journey: Hillary Clinton 2008, 2012 and now," Arrellanes said.
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Priscilla Chávez (left) and Carla Arellanes (right)
New Mexico Delegates


"I'm voting because I started with Hillary and am finishing our journey," Chávez said.

"I'm voting because we are finishing our journey: Hillary Clinton 2008, 2012 and now," Arrellanes said.
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Gabriella Morrone
Committee on Arrangements Intern, RNC


"I'm voting because of my family's small business."
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Gabriella Morrone
Committee on Arrangements Intern, RNC


"I'm voting because of my family's small business."
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Kaitlyn McClure
Policy Advisor


"I'm voting because I believe in America."
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Kaitlyn McClure
Policy Advisor

"I'm voting because I believe in America."
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Aruna Seth
North Dakota Delegate

"I'm voting for equal human rights for all."
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Aruna Seth
North Dakota Delegate

"I'm voting for equal human rights for all."
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Chelsea Lyons Kent
Hawaii Delegate


"I'm voting because my vote can't be bought."
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Chelsea Lyons Kent
Hawaii Delegate


"I'm voting because my vote can't be bought."
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Cindi Leive
EIC, Glamour Magazine


“I promised my grandma I always would!”
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Cindi Leive
EIC, Glamour Magazine


“I promised my grandma I always would!”
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Kaiya Waddell
Industry Manager for Democratic Politics, Facebook

"Because women's health and reproductive rights are at stake."
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Judy Noel
Florida Delegate


"I want our country to continue to expand rights to all, to not backtrack by trying to make it harder to vote, plus I am so excited to see the first woman president."
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Judy Noel
Florida Delegate


"I want our country to continue to expand rights to all, to not backtrack by trying to make it harder to vote, plus I am so excited to see the first woman president."
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