Women's Voices in Politics and the Big Issue of Abortion Bans

   By SheSpeaksTeam  May 15, 2023

We recently asked SheSpeaks members how they are feeling about the political climate, any changes in their voting patterns, and major debates on hot topics, like abortion.

Check out these take-aways from our recent surveys below -

Our Voices in Politics

  • 68% of women surveyed in March of 2023 reported that they felt their voices carry less weight than men when it comes to politics.
  • Lots of women (35%) also said that they would be more likely to vote for a female candidate today than they were 10 years ago.
Women’s Abortion Rights, the Big Issue
  • In an April, 2023 survey during the same week Biden announced plans for a second term, close to 50% of more than 1,000 women surveyed said that bans on abortion will affect the way they vote in future elections.
  • More than a quarter (27%) of women report being more Pro-Choice since the Roe V Wade case was overturned.
  • Women are also keeping track of laws and how they may affect us in the future. More than 80% of respondents were aware that US courts are considering a ban on the “abortion pill”, Mifepristone, and 57% said they would be concerned if this pill becomes banned. A little more than a quarter (26%) say this ban would not concern them and 17% have not decided on the issue.
  • Pro-Choice candidates are on women’s minds as well. As a result of the overturning of Roe V Wade, 60% of women say they plan to vote for Pro-Choice candidates. Only 18% of those surveyed said they would vote for Pro-Life candidates and 22% were undecided.
Our own women’s insights expert and CEO, Aliza Freud, weighed in on the survey results and considers how women’s changing views in politics may affect future campaigns including the upcoming presidential race.

 “The implications of the overturn of Roe v. Wade are now hitting home for women. Not only are they shifting their views on abortion rights due to the overturn of Roe v. Wade, but they are telling us that they are more likely to vote for female candidates as a result of the recent changes to abortion rights. With 28% of women now more likely to vote for female candidates, this will have significant impact on upcoming elections--including the 2024 Presidential race.”

Do these top insights from other SheSpeaks members resonate with you? Let us know in the comments below.

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Beatty030 by Beatty030 | Indianapolis, IN
Jun 13, 2023

Growing up as a woman, and seeing this baffles me and angers me, that even in 2023 us as women still have have any rights to make a choice for ourselves. Instead we let men decide what's best for our bodies and our children. Us as women, should have every right to decide when we have a child. Instead where causing our mama's to make poor choices in other unsafe ways for the ones who are at risk for having a child, by them looking for a Dr not specialized in abortions to take matters in their own hands. It all reality, what has the world come too!

Sevillagirl by Sevillagirl | Miami, FL
Jun 12, 2023

Creo que como mujeres tenemos el derecho de seguir o interrumpir un embarazo, alo cual al día de hoy siempre abra un debate por la cantidad de personas que no están deacuerdo con el aborto pero este tema tiene mucho a favor como lo tiene al contrario debemos de fomentar las cosas buenas que nos llevan a pensar las situación en las que nos metemos al tomar una de las dos opciones y elegir correctamente la que pensemos que sera la adecuada tanto como tenemos la posibilidad de aceptarlo y otras personas no aceptarlo es un tema muy complejo

xhjs91 by xhjs91 | TERRE HAUTE, IN
Jun 08, 2023

Im glad to see more than half women are upset about the abortion bans etc but I'm a little concerned the percentage still isn't actually higher. This isn't just about pro life pro choice etc this is about our own personal rights and abilities to make our own decisions for our own personal self & bodies as a human being period .

JeffreyG by JeffreyG | Uxbridge, MA
Jun 01, 2023

I'll take it!

Buttercup1993 by Buttercup1993 | Colorado Springs , CO
May 31, 2023

My voting has changed since these crazy laws have passed, the fact that women are forced to have children or cent have their own say in their own bodies. It really shouldn't be any room for discussion on someone's body and these laws baffle me and anger me.

vibrantangelgirl by vibrantangelgirl | Ocean Park, WA
May 31, 2023

I believe that women have the right to make the choice to carry a child to term or not. Men have no right to make decisions that affect us about our bodies. This is an issue that should only be decided by women.

Koladarko1960 by Koladarko1960 | Park Ridge, IL
May 30, 2023

I'll wait for the start

ECCOValeska by ECCOValeska | BRISTOl , PA
May 26, 2023

Woman should have the right to choose it's their bodies therefore should be their choice whether or not they want to have an abortion especially in circumstances where a female may have been raped or a victim of incest or if the mothers life is in danger if she give birth to a non viable pregnancy

Monikalovesuu93 by Monikalovesuu93 | Newmarket, OU
May 25, 2023

I think this is a great and important topic. As a woman I can relate.

Kalikala by Kalikala | KIMBERLING CY, MO
May 25, 2023

It's interesting to see adult women in the comments who don't realize that a) close to half of women who get abortions *were* on some kind of birth control when they got pregnant and b) it's not always just because the woman doesn't want to be pregnant, there are a million other factors that can cause someone who does want children to need to terminate a pregnancy. Being outspoken is great, but being informed about the topic you're speaking on is important.

BlazedMom by BlazedMom | BENNINGTON, VT
May 24, 2023

Im pro-choice i believe that every woman should have the right to make their own decisions with their bodies.

millitt by millitt | Fort Worth, TX
May 24, 2023

We all deserve to make our own choices!

Suzetta by Suzetta | Wyndmoor, PA
May 19, 2023

i agree with the majority. I'm past child bearing age but I stand with those who haven't

GBaby91 by GBaby91 | Indianapolis, IN
May 18, 2023

Our bodies our choice

Rcallaway by Rcallaway | SILSBEE, TX
May 18, 2023

If a child or woman is raped and a dnc is given soon afterwards I think I would be ok. If the situation was a month before a child was to be born in not 100% sure I would be ok in that situation having an abortion to kill the same child.