• Sat. Jun 10th, 2023

The Supermajority bus rolled into town last Saturday, Sept. 21. Standing by the bus are (left to right), Judge Thomas Beridon, Judge Jody Luebbers, Marjorie Moseley, Judge Marilyn Zayas, and Charmaine McGuffey. Photo by Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney

By Freeland Ellis 

Herald Contributor

The Supermajoritybus rolled into Cincinnati on Saturday, Sept. 21. The new non-partisan group for women’s education and activism continued the roll out of the Majority Rules, a new vision for how women will live, work and rise together during their joint cross-country bus tour. 

        In Cincinnati, Supermajority Education Fund co-founder Cecile Richards, former president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and Jess Morales Rocketto, National Domestic Workers Alliance political director, held roundtable discussions centered around the ways women can use the Majority Rules to leverage their political power going into 2020. 

Bianca Edwards, Lead Organizer for the Amos Organizing Collaborative,
speaks to the women gathered at the Supermajority event. Photo by Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney

      The Majority Rules– the values that are critical for achieving women’s equality and creating a society that gives women the right to safety, dignity and respect – will be the rallying cry for millions of women and anchor the organizations’ work to influence the public debate ahead of 2020. They were informed by listening to tens of thousands of women through in-person discussions, focus groups, targeted research and online polling, including 75,000 women who took Supermajority Education Fund’s Women’s Poll, created to better understand the lived experience of people who identify as women. 

       From living rooms to union halls across the country, the bus tour meets women where they are and connects them – in-person and online – to discuss this moment in our nation and organize them around the changes they need to see. The tour provides advocacy training and support to members of Supermajority’s growing grassroots community.

Ohio State Rep. Catherine Ingram (seated in back, third from left) and other women gather to
discuss issues. Photo by Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney

        Throughout the tour, Supermajority will host several 2020 presidential candidates at stops that turn typical voter forums on their head: Instead of candidates speaking to women, women will speak to the candidates about the issues affecting their lives. Real women and presidential candidates, including former HUD Secretary Julián Castro, Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Amy Klobuchar and Mayor Pete Buttigieg will participate in events throughout the tour that will also be livestreamed to the Supermajority and Pantsuit Nation communities across the U.S. This is a first step toward Supermajority’s effort to build the largest woman-to-woman voter engagement program in the nation.