Women's coalition hits the road to get out the vote

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — With Election Day just over two weeks away, a local organization working for women's equity staged a road rally to get out the vote, and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment.

The 45-car road rally from Philadelphia to Seneca Falls, New York kicked off Friday at Drexel University’s East Falls campus, with female race car drivers leading the way.

"There's a lot of symbolism here, which is women driving change, women accelerating the pace of progress," said Lynn Yeakel, founder and director of Vision 2020, a bipartisan effort to create gender equality and get out the vote.

"As you admire the changing leaves on this journey, consider the changing lives of women that began on this journey 172 years ago," proclaimed Yeakel at the start of the rally.

She said the theme of the rally, SHE Leads, reinforces that.

"SHE, S-H-E, is an acronym that stands for Shaping the Future, Honoring the Past, and Enriching the Present," explained Yeakel.

Yeakel said honoring the past celebrates the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote.

She added enriching the present is about educating and encouraging women, especially young women, on the importance of voting, because right now, only one in three women eligible to vote actually cast a ballot. Vision 2020 is working to create a tipping point, by encouraging women to vote in record numbers in this year’s national election.

And Yeakel said shaping the future calls on enriching future generations by securing gender equality.