Women's Decision 2016 (Part 2)

What Do Women Want?

The 2016 race is shaping up as a face-off between a female Democratic front-runner and a flotilla of GOP candidates who can’t win without securing the votes of women. The storyline that “women are not a monolithic constituency” has become a hardy quadrennial – and yet, research shows that some subjects and perspectives do have the power to attract or repel their support.

What are the issues that will compel women to vote in 2016? Do any of them cross party lines, or does each party represent two completely different visions of what women want? And where are the intersections? What are the platforms for women on both sides of the aisle? Finally, looking toward and beyond the 2016 campaign, what will drive more women to enter races as candidates in the future?

Join New America’s Breadwinning and Caregiving and Political Reform Programs for a discussion about what women want as voters and how women in each party’s leadership are shaping the conversation in the run up to the 2016 presidential election.

This event is part of Women’s Decision 2016, an event series produced by New America in collaboration with Quartz.

Follow the discussion online using #WomenWant and following @NewAmerica and @Polyarchy.


Heather Hurlburt
Director, New Models of Policy Change, New America

Kate Black
Vice President for Research, EMILY'S List
Executive Director, American Women

Mindy Finn
Founder, Empowered Women
Former digital strategist to Mitt Romney and George W. Bush

Jennifer Lawless
Professor of Government and Director of Women & Politics Institute, American University
Author (with Richard L. Fox), Running From Office: Why Young Americans Are Turned Off to Politics

Holli Holliday
National Campaign Director, Black Women's Roundtable
Co-author of recent survey with Essence, "The Power of the Sister Vote"

Marya Stark
Co-Founder, Emerge America and Impact Advisor
Contributor, Quartz


Molly Ball
Staff Writer, The Atlantic