If you thought your vote didn’t count…

A new source of in-depth data and analysis about unmarried women and what’s known as the “Rising American Electorate” is now available at Voter Participation Data Center. It’s interesting and puzzling to see from the graphic (below) that so many single women did not vote—even ones who were registered—in recent elections. What’s up with that?

 

There are 57 million unmarried women in America today—and by the time the 2016 election rolls around, they’ll be a majority of voting-eligible women. The Voter Participation Data Center aggregates research on the social, economic, and political lives of unmarried women, giving a complete picture of the ways in which they’ll shape our economy and our policies in the decades to come. It’s got demographic and economic profiles of unmarried women and analysis on the recent legal and electoral developments that most affect the lives of unmarried women—including paid sick leave, equal pay, workplace fairness, and the Affordable Care Act.

 

The Voter Participation Data Center puts out all this data in the form of shareable graphics that encapsulate it in a quickly-readable and easily-digestible form, making it easy for you to make your friends, family, and political leaders aware of how important unmarried women are going to be in the coming decades—and how important it’ll be for political leaders to speak to their needs and concerns.

 

Registration and Voting Rates in 2012
Voter Participation Data Center is intended to serve as a one-stop shop for anyone interested in understanding unmarried women—who, along with people of color and millennials, form the Rising American Electorate who may cast a majority of the votes in 2016.

 

Just in time for Single Working Women’s Week this August 2 through 8, 2015.

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How's the economy affecting you?

Talking with a Wall Street Journal reporter last week about how the current economic madness is affecting single women head-of-households. Here are some thoughts.

  • living on credit cards
  • increasing debt
  • cutting even non-frivolous expenses – e.g., not doing home repairs as soon as discovered b/c of expense
  • searching for bargains in food prices–single women don’t normally have time for that but need now to consider everything
  • eating out less often or not at all
  • going out less often or not at all – single moms especially–going out is doubly expensive b/c of babysitting
  • considering bankruptcy
  • hanging onto less than desirable jobs b/c no others available

What else are you doing that’s different?

Single women buying homes–in droves

If we ever needed further evidence of the trend toward remaining single in America, this is it. Look at these stats:

  • More than one in five home buyers (20+%) is a single woman. The myth of a guy coming along and buying you a house is disappearing almost as fast as the percentage of life-long marriages.
  • Twice as many unmarried women are buying homes as single men. Of course! The guys don’t have a woman to take care of it! ” )
  • Single women make up more than one-third of the growth in real estate ownership since 1994. Yeah, we are a growing demographic with increasing economic clout!

More single women want to own their own home… either they want more space or they want less home to take care of. Or they’re moving to be closer to a job, to school, or to family. Heck, that’s why I bought in Chicago. After a few decades away, I was ready to come back and be closer to my siblings. Funny how perspectives can change as you grow older.

Another younger single woman bought because she had decided to become a single mom. Others are tired of fighting the constantly rising rents in big cities. Here’s what Elizabeth Weintraub, of About.com’s homebuying section, says about single women and home buying:

Trends for Single Women Home Buyers

  • 3 out of 4 women spend less than $200,000.
  • Prefer 2 bedrooms or more.
  • Less likely to choose new construction.
  • Buy in city over suburban areas.
  • Will compromise size & cost to get other amenities.
  • Will not compromise on location or quality of neighborhood.
  • Prefer condominiums with well run homeowner associations over single family homes.
  • Smaller spaces are acceptable.
  • Desire security and / or gated access.
  • Like to engage in social interaction with neighbors.
  • Want close proximity to stores, shopping and fitness centers.

Sound familiar? I didn’t even realize when I moved here how incredibly convenient my location is to public transportation–I actually have 3 completely different ways to access the multitude of routes and options in the city. I’m only the second stop away from Union Station on the train line–that’s a mere 15 minutes from downtown Chicago. There’s a grocery store half a block from my home–I can walk there, pick out my items, and be back in 20 minutes. The CVS on the corner carries drugs, cosmetics and wine. What more could a single working woman want?

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