A new political action group that aims to mobilize millions of women around women’s activism and equity is being launched by three women, including the former head of Planned Parenthood and one of the co-founders of Black Lives Matter.
Supermajority, which the group’s website says will be a “new home for women’s activism, training and mobilizing a multiracial, intergenerational community that will fight for gender equity together,” was recently launched by Cecile Richards, the former president of Planned Parenthood; Alicia Garza, a co-founder of Black Lives Matter; and Ai-jen Poo, the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.
The group is planning to mobilize millions of women around various issues pertaining to women so those issues can be “front and center” ahead of the 2020 election. The group also says it will train women so they can be “effective advocates,” gather input from a diversity of women to “create a women’s agenda that puts our issues first” and create an online community for women across the country to stay connected.
The group does not mention a partisan leaning on its website. Asked by CNN’s Alisyn Camerota on “New Day” Monday morning if the group is “also for Republican women,” Garza replied: “This effort … is a home for women’s activism. And we share a set of values that we think the majority of the country shares. And so this is a home for everybody who shares those values.”
The group’s founders said they traveled around the country recently to listen to women’s stories and learn what issues are most pressing for them.
“I think women are just finally saying, you know, if we’re the majority of the voters, we’re the majority of volunteers, of the activists, and work on every single issue, why aren’t the things that we care about actually front and center in the political agenda,” Richards said on “New Day.”
Poo said the group is already finding that women want to support their movement.
“It’s exciting when women begin to come together and realize how much we have in common,” she said, noting that because women represented “54% of the voters in the last election,” they “have the opportunity really to determine what happens.”
The launch of the group comes nearly six months after a record number of women were elected to Congress, an electoral victory Garza said the group hopes to build on.
“We really want to make sure that in 2019 we solve the problem of women not having legislative power, not having political power, but yet being the majority of voters – changing the balance of power in Congress, electing historic numbers of women of color to US Congress,” Garza said.
“Women are mad as hell. We’re ready to take action and we know that we’re not going backwards,” she added.
As for the current field of Democratic presidential hopefuls, Poo called the six women female candidates “talented” and added that “millions of women around the country are watching to see all of the candidates speak to the issues that they care about and actually understand that their concerns should be front and center.”