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What Is Supermajority?

Newsweek logo Newsweek 4/29/2019 Chantal Da Silva
FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2017, file photo, President Planned Parenthood Federation of America Cecile Richards speak to the crowd during the women's march rally in Washington. Richards and two other women of the nation's most influential activists are launching a new organization that aims to harness the political power of women to influence elections and shape local and national policy priorities. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2017, file photo, President Planned Parenthood Federation of America Cecile Richards speak to the crowd during the women's march rally in Washington. Richards and two other women of the nation's most influential activists are launching a new organization that aims to harness the political power of women to influence elections and shape local and national policy priorities. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

Three prominent activists have launched an organization seeking to encourage women to use their political power to influence the country's elections, including the upcoming 2020 presidential race. 

Headed up by Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza, former Planned Parenthood chief Cecile Richards, and executive director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Ai-jen Poo, "Supermajority," as the group has been dubbed, aims to mobilize at least 2 million women over the next year to become political leaders within their communities. 

"Women are marching, running for office, donating to and advocating for causes and campaigns, and voting in record numbers. We can be the most powerful force in America—if we do the work together," Supermajority's website states. "One woman can be ignored, two can be dismissed, but together, we’re a Supermajority, and we’re unstoppable."

In an apparent reference to the #MeToo movement, the organization, which describes itself as a multiracial and intergenerational group, notes that "in the past two years, we've seen what happens when women mobilize." 

"We’ve been the majority of voters in every national election since 1964. In 2018, women helped elect a Congress with a record-breaking 127 women members," the group says. But, while "women are on the cusp of becoming the most powerful force in America," Supermajority's co-founders say that to "fundamentally transform this country" women must work together. 

To help further that goal, the group's leaders say their organization will be providing on-the-ground training to help women advocates "get and stay informed on issues that affect their lives," in addition to creating a "women's agenda" that will put women's issues first, "from economic equity and opportunity to dignity and safety on the job to keeping families and communities safe."

While Supermajority will aim to push politicians to adopt a "women's new deal," as Richards put it to the Associated Press in a recent interview, the group is not expected to endorse individual candidates. 

In addition to Richards, Garza and Poo, Supermajority's leadership team also includes fellow activists and organizers Jess Morales Rocketto, the chair of Families Belong Together, Deirdre Schifeling, a senior adviser for the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and Civitas Public Affairs Group partner Katherine Grainger. 

The group's creation comes as women's voices are becoming increasingly powerful in politics and beyond. Particularly in the wake of the #MeToo movement, which saw countless women around the world come forward with their experiences of sexual harassment and assault, a new strengthened focus has fallen on the issues affecting women in the U.S. and around the world. 

Seeking to harness women's growing "collective power in this moment," Supermajority says it aims to "lift up an agenda that addresses our needs and hold candidates and elected officials accountable."

Newsweek has contacted Supermajority for comment for this article. 

a close up of a sign: Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Alicia Garza speaks during the Women's March © Ethan Miller/Getty Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Alicia Garza speaks during the Women's March

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