As mothers we're changing the world through our children, but we can also change the world for them by showing up to vote on election day.
The upcoming midterm elections aren't as flashy as the general, but they are just as important. Those 435 seats in the House of Representatives matter, as do the senatorial spots, but unfortunately midterm elections usually attract fewer voters than presidential elections.
We need to change that this year.
The upcoming midterm elections are a historic moment for women, as record numbers of us are running. As fivethirtyeight reports, historically speaking, women voters have not gravitated towards women candidates, but millennials are changing that: According to a USA Today/Suffolk University poll, a third of women ages 18 to 34 would rather vote for a woman over a man.
So many women are running this year, but in order to turn those runs into representation, we need to make sure that record numbers of us are voting, too.
Here's how to check if you are registered to vote, and what to do if you're not:
Check to see if you're registered
If you've moved or changed your name recently, it's really important to check if you're registered to vote. And even if you haven't changed anything, you should still check.
The deadlines to register to vote vary by state. In some places you can register right up until election day, but in many states, the deadlines are much sooner—we're talking this week. (If you're in North Dakota you don't need to register to vote, it's the one state that doesn't require it).
You can check to see if you're registered using this tool from Vote.org.
What to do if you're not registered
In most states (and DC) you can register online to vote.
Make a plan for election day
Okay, now that you're registered to vote, you can start planning for November 6. Find out who is running in your area, research them, email them, DM them, and figure out if they are the right representative for you.
Find out where your local polling place is (you can enter your address here), arrange childcare if necessary, and make sure you bring your ID because two-thirds of states either require or can request that you provide some.
It's crazy to think that we, as women, have only had the privilege of voting for 98 years. That's how long it's been since the 19th amendment gave America's women the right to participate in democracy. We have the right. Now we have to exercise it.