Single women are set to be a powerhouse voting bloc in this year's election. Just look at the statistics: in 2012, unmarried women made up 23% of the electorate. This year, the number of single women eligible to vote is expected to increase.
So, what are the issues that matter to this key demographic and how are their views being shaped?
To learn more, Refinery29 hosted a discussion entitled Include Women in the Sequel: Hillary, Trump, and the WTF 2016 Election. We were joined by Rebecca Traister, author of All the Single Ladies; Aminatou Sow, of the podcast Call Your Girlfriend; and moderator Rachel Sklar, writer and cofounder of Change The Ratio and TheLi.st.
The discussion focused on how the role of single women in society has evolved, what impact single female voters are poised to have and, of course, some of the WTF moments from the campaign trail so far. Watch the full video, above, and check out eight mic-dropping takeaways from the conversation, below.
I think we just don’t know how white men specifically will respond to having a woman in charge.
— Rebecca Traister on how the institution of marriage has changed and its impact on public policy
"I think we just don’t know how white men specifically will respond to having a woman in charge. Like, they’re all freaking out about lady Ghostbusters. They’re going to die when there's a woman president."
— Aminatou Sow on sexist incidents regarding Hillary Clinton this election
Starting next year, we could basically be living in a country in which laws are enacted that would return women to an economically dependent status.
— Rebecca Traister on what a Donald Trump presidency would mean for women
"I think that misogyny has been around since women have been around. I think that these men are just getting louder and louder and they just have better organizing tools. None of these ideas are new, none of them are sophisticated."
—Aminatou Sow on women getting harassed online by men
[We have] an unwillingness to grapple with the fact that we’ve had one Black woman senator, ever, in our whole history.
— Rebecca Traister on the lack of female representation in government
"Bernie Sanders was not deep in that fight, Hillary Clinton was not deep in that fight, but in winning some of those fights in cities and states around the country, we are adjusting our expectations as American for what we believe our public policy should do for us...which is, in part, to support different family configurations and a world in which women are earners. And that has helped us shift a lot of our economic ideas about what is fair and about what we should be expecting from our government."
— Rebecca Traister on the Fight for 15, paid leave, and how other progressive public policy at a local level has shaped the national conversation
"The more we have women and the more we have people of color who are in positions of power, I think the easier it will be. But right now, we have two, we have two people out there and they have to carry the burdens for everyone."
— Aminatou Sow on the roles of President Obama and Hillary Clinton in breaking the glass ceiling
"Single women can save the country — and they very well may."
— Rebecca Traister on the voting power of unmarried women this election
Ruby Siegel and Andrea Gonzalez-Ramirez contributed reporting from New York.