Empowering Women at the Polls: Key Takeaways from a National Briefing

On March 8, Ethnic Media Services hosted a crucial national briefing titled “What Issues Are Guiding Women to the Polls This Year?” The event aimed to delve into the myriad of challenges and concerns that women voters face as they gear up for a pivotal election year. Held from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon PT, the briefing provided a platform for experts to discuss pressing issues such as women’s political participation, workers’ rights, wage parity, gun control, and reproductive rights. The session was made accessible through advance registration, with simultaneous interpreting available in Spanish, Korean, and Mandarin.

Insights from Distinguished Speakers

The briefing brought together a panel of esteemed speakers, each offering valuable insights into the ongoing struggles and triumphs of women in various spheres:

  1. Maya Kornberg of the Brennan Center for Justice emphasized the critical role of information integrity in politics and the hurdles women face in Congress and the realm of political financing.
  2. Ai-Jen Poo, from the National Domestic Workers Alliance, highlighted the intersection of gender equality, immigration, and grassroots organizing, shedding light on the plight of domestic workers.
  3. Shikha Hamilton of Brady underscored the necessity of gun violence prevention and sensible gun laws for the safety and well-being of women and communities.
  4. Monica Simpson, leading SisterSong, passionately spoke about the fight for reproductive rights and the systemic challenges encountered by Southern black women and LGBTQ individuals.

Key Takeaways and Engaging Discussions

The briefing underscored several key takeaways that are pivotal for understanding the landscape of women’s issues as they head to the polls:

  • Persistent Challenges: Many of the issues discussed, such as workers’ rights and reproductive rights, have been central to the feminist movement for decades. Their continued relevance highlights the ongoing struggle for gender equality.
  • The Role of Information: The integrity of information in politics, especially concerning women’s participation, is crucial. Misinformation and disinformation can significantly impact women’s representation and influence in political spheres.
  • Importance of Advocacy: The discussions emphasized the need for continued advocacy and awareness-raising on issues like gun control and reproductive rights. Engaging with and supporting organizations that champion these causes is vital.
  • Media’s Influence: The role of ethnic media in supporting and amplifying women’s voices and concerns was highlighted. Media involvement is essential in addressing and bringing attention to the challenges faced by women and marginalized communities.


The national briefing “What Issues Are Guiding Women to the Polls This Year?” provided a comprehensive overview of the key challenges and concerns facing women voters. The event highlighted the importance of continued advocacy, accurate information, and media involvement in promoting gender equality and empowering women in their political participation. As the election year unfolds, the insights from this briefing will undoubtedly play a crucial role in shaping efforts to address and overcome these persistent issues.