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Three Ways to Commemorate Women’s Equality Day

There are many ways to get involved in politics. Voting is one of them. Many took part in commemorating Women’s Equality Day on August 26. It is a day that celebrates the passage of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the constitutional right to vote in the United States. Next year will mark the 100th anniversary of this historic milestone of democracy. Below are three ways women political operatives can continue observing Women’s Equality Day between now and 2020.  

  1. Register other women in your community to vote. The Intersections of Our Lives’ survey results revealed that women of color voters were a powerful voting bloc in the 2018 midterm elections. This suggests that women of diverse backgrounds will likely turnout again in large numbers in the 2020 presidential elections. You can help make that turnout happen! Learn about Montgomery County’s voter registration process and how to sign up for voter registration training through the Montgomery County Board of Elections.
  2. Express gratitude by writing thank you letters to the women who contributed to your career in politics. Make it a goal to deliver those handwritten thank you letters by Thanksgiving! My first campaign gig was field organizing for a Congressional race – and it was not an easy job. But the long hours and distance from loved ones became bearable because I had the support of amazing mentors. If you’re one of my mentors and reading this post, thank you for your patience, kindness, and generosity throughout my journey into politics!  
  3. Volunteer for a political candidate running for public office. Even though the 2020 primary elections may seem far away, it’s not too early to donate your time to a campaign. Political candidates are always seeking volunteers to support their field and fundraising operations. Reach out to the Montgomery County League of Women Voters for information about candidates running at the local, state, and federal level. 

BONUS: Want to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the women’s suffrage movement?

SAVE-THE-DATE for the Montgomery County Commission for Women’s (CFW) event taking place on August 19, 2020. Check out CFW’s website periodically for more details.

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Tonia Bui

About Tonia Bui

Tonia Bui is currently a strategic communications consultant. Most recently, she served as treasurer for the Hoan Dang for County Council campaign in Montgomery County. Tonia previously served as the Communications Director for the Nguyen for Delegate Campaign (VA-67) in 2013 and led the Asian American voter outreach efforts for the Darcy Burner for Congress Campaign (WA-08) in 2008. Her efforts to build stakeholder engagement stems from her experiences serving as the Member Outreach Assistant to Vice Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, Rep. Xavier Becerra (CA-34). She also previously worked for U.S. Senator Barack Obama (IL-13) and California Assemblywoman Fiona Ma (CA-12). Her work has been published by the Harvard Asian American Policy Review and cited by scholars of the political science textbook, Campaigns on the Cutting Edge. Tonia holds a Master in Public Policy from American University and a B.A. in Mass Communications and Gender & Women’s Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Read more of Tonia's blog Politics Within Politics.


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