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Women Athletes Take Action to Get Out the Vote

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The most important election of our lifetimes is tomorrow. Here's a look at how women athletes are using their platforms to inspire voter turnout.

November 02, 2020
Women Athletes Take Action to Get Out the Vote

The GIST: As if you needed a reminder, Election Day is just hours away. So stop doomscrolling and instead take inspo from some female athletes who are leading the get-out-the-vote (GOTV) efforts ahead of one of the most important elections of our lifetimes. *bites nails*

Chiney Ogwumike (pronounced OH-GWOO-MIH-KAY): In addition to the WNBA starโ€™s partnership with More Than A Vote, a coalition of Black athletes and artists committed to energizing and supporting voters, the LA Sparks forward recently discussed her decision to serve as a poll worker on November 3rd.

  • The proud Texan will be working at the Toyota Center on Election Day, home of the NBAโ€™s Houston Rockets. โ€œDonโ€™t wait on the sidelines during the most important game of our lives,โ€ she urges. You heard her!

Megan Rapinoe: The newly engaged (still squealing) soccer star has a long history of activism, and this election season has been no exception. This summer, Rapinoe released Seeing America with Megan Rapinoe, a documentary conversation with political guests, including U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

  • Further aiding in her mission to โ€œmake politics cool,โ€ Rapinoe also took to Instagram Live to interview politicians and help make essential voting information more accessible. Mission complete.

WNBA: Yes, we already highlighted Ogwumike, but the entire league deserves a huge shoutout for their GOTV efforts. From their creative endorsement of Georgia U.S. Senate candidate Raphael Warnock to advocating for the use of their arenas as polling places, WNBA players have led the way in the fight for progressive change.

  • Feeling inspired? Us too! If you havenโ€™t voted already, click here to find your polling location. Already voted and looking for more ways to relieve that election anxiety? Click here for Election Day volunteer opportunities. We got this!