Why I Vote: YWCA Virtual Town Hall Explores the Impact of the Pandemic on NC’s Women, Focuses on Child Care

Childcare is a critical consideration in voting during the 2020 election. The North Carolina stop in the YWCA’s Conversation with America’s Women on October 26 aimed to lift up the voices of women to inform the 2020 election. As our nation struggles with the COVID pandemic, particularly its economic impact on women, raising our voices and our issues is critical.

In 2020, women — particularly women of color — are primed to continue their unprecedented roles as candidates and decisive voting constituencies in city, county, state, and national elections all over America. Women have consistently high levels of voting participation. In this context, new data from YWomenVote2020 — YWCA’s third national survey of women in the United States — explores our economic, health, gender-based violence, workplace equity, and racial justice concerns and priorities.

During the virtual town hall, YWCA staff and experts in the field – including NCECF’s own Muffy Grant – explored the polling data as well as economic and childcare issues that matter most to the women of North Carolina.

Here’s the link to the recording. Speakers included:

  • Alejandra Castillo, YWCA USA CEO – moderator
  • Charlene Twilley, parent and child care professional (starts minute 19:38)
  • Velva Jenkins, CEO, YWCA Lower Cape Fear (starts minute 21:31)
  • Iheoma U. Iruka, Research Professor, Department of Public Policy and Director, Early Childhood Health and Racial Equity program at Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at UNC-CH (starts minute 31:03)
  • Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, Assistant Dean for Civic Engagement, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, the University of Texas at Austin (starts minute 34:05)
  • Muffy Grant, Executive Director, NC Early Childhood Foundation (starts minute 37:51)

OR watch the entire event to check out these bonus features:

  • A walk-through of the YWCA polling data (starts minute 9:50)
  • A short video of young women of color sharing their economic concerns (starts minute 15:36)
  • A candidate forum for the presidential and NC Senate race, featuring representatives from the Biden, Trump, Cunningham, and Tillis campaigns (starts minute 1:02:23)