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Page S. Gardner conceived of and founded Women's Voices. Women Vote. She is an expert in the voting patterns of women voters, with a particular expertise in unmarried voters. She began this project dedicated to increasing the share of unmarried women in the electorate.

During her twenty years experience as a political and communications manager and strategist, Ms. Gardner has worked at senior levels for the most competitive presidential, senatorial, gubernatorial, and congressional campaigns in all parts of the country. Ms. Gardner also has managed some of the most hotly debated national public policy issue campaigns, including those related to reproductive rights, civil rights, national budget priorities, technology and trade. Ms. Gardner has been credited with designing and implementing some of the most creative and successful issue and legislative campaigns, as well as staging come from behind candidate victories in key battleground races. She is regarded as one of the top strategists in the country.

Ms. Gardner has a magna cum laude degree from Duke University. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Virginia.

You can find the Voter Participation Center here, Women's Voices Women Vote Action Fund, here, and the VPC YouTube channel here.

Entries by Page Gardner

I Have Four Numbers I Think About Every Day

(1) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 4:32 PM

There are four numbers I think about every day:

17,318,000.

9,632,000.

7,235,000.

19,226,000.

17,318,000? That's the number of unmarried women in America who are eligible to vote but have never registered to vote.

9,632,000? The number of Latinos who are not registered to vote.

7,235,000? There...

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On Women's Equality Day, Looking Back -- and Ahead

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 10:05 AM

A century ago, as Americans debated whether women should be allowed to vote, one prominent observer scoffed at the notion of voter equality. Allowing women the right to vote, the critic wrote, "would tend to disorganize society" and "transform the whole political and social fabric." A constitutional amendment to grant...

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Honoring the Civil Rights Act, 50 Years Later

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 12:11 PM

Fifty years ago today, President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law. On that great day in 1964, surrounded by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other national leaders, President Johnson outlawed discrimination based on race. While the Civil Rights Act did not eliminate literacy tests, those evil tools...

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It's Not Just About the Ring Finger

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 5:32 PM

Thank you, Mona Charen. In an opinion piece published yesterday, the syndicated columnist offers a magic cure to the 56 million unmarried women of America who, in many cases, are just struggling to get by. Her prescription for all the single moms living on or below the poverty level in...

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News Flash: Republicans Discover Women Voters

(9) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 2:30 PM

As reported in today's New York Times, Mitt Romney's former deputy campaign manager is opening a new consulting firm to help the GOP court women voters. The new consultancy "appears to be the first Republican firm aimed specially at wooing female voters," the Times reports. I just checked my calendar...

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Lessons From America's First Labor Day and the Rise in Women Who Live Alone

(13) Comments | Posted September 2, 2013 | 2:09 PM

In the first Labor Day celebration in American history, some 12,000 tradesmen paraded through the streets of New York City. The cigar makers, blacksmiths and bricklayers (all men) carried silk banners calling for an eight-hour workday, an end to child labor and abolishment of New York's shameful tenements. After years...

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National Poll Finds Overwhelming Support for Economic Proposals That Aid Women

(8) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 5:06 PM

"When women succeed, America succeeds."

That was the message last week from Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who, with her House colleagues, is promoting legislation to achieve pay equity for women, make child care more affordable and encourage a better work-family balance for women.

And now a new national poll by...

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The "Unconscionable Practice"

(1) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 8:36 AM

When President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law 50 years ago this coming Monday, a gallon of gas cost 25 cents. A newfangled gizmo had just been introduced--the touchtone phone. And the top pop act of the year was Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs, known for...

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State of the Union (Of Unmarried Women)

(0) Comments | Posted February 15, 2013 | 10:25 AM

When President Obama announced that "the state of our union is stronger," his annual address captured the attention of a powerful but under-appreciated voting bloc -- unmarried women. Using dial-meter technology, the Women's Voices. Women Vote Action Fund (WVWVAF) and its partners tracked the real-time responses of unmarried women who...

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Registration Deadlines Loom

(1) Comments | Posted September 27, 2012 | 4:53 PM

Americans can do more than elect a president this fall -- they can also prove some politicians will not succeed in suppressing the voices of American citizens. Some lawmakers are betting the obstacles they have put in place will keep millions of eligible Americans from registering and voting this November....

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The Battle Over Who Votes in November

(4) Comments | Posted July 29, 2012 | 1:01 PM

There's a battle raging in Virginia and across the nation over who votes in America. Pitted against each other are groups like ours -- the Voter Participation Center, League of Women Voters and other non-profit civic engagement groups working to register more Americans to vote -- and the Romney for...

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VPC Fights Suppression Efforts in Virginia

(1) Comments | Posted July 25, 2012 | 3:39 PM

GOP voter suppression efforts escalate in Virginia. But the Voter Participation Center (VPC) is fighting back.

The Voter Participation Center (VPC) said today in a letter to Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli that attempts by the Romney for President Campaign to block voter registration efforts in Virginia "may rise to...

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It's Not About Pets, But Helping People to Register

(5) Comments | Posted July 16, 2012 | 3:59 PM

Dogs can't vote. Cats can't either. Just want to be clear about that in case you're confused by all the coverage that's being given to a handful of pets who have received voter registration applications from the Voter Participation Center (VPC). We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit with one...

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The Real Crisis: 35 Percent of Americans Not Registered to Vote

(30) Comments | Posted June 21, 2012 | 10:24 AM

We all know dogs don't vote.

But that fact is news to the right wing. They are using the story of a dead dog getting a voter registration application in the mail to fan the flames of -- you guessed it -- so-called "voter fraud."

Just as...

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The Bumper Sticker Speaks Volumes

(4) Comments | Posted November 10, 2011 | 10:38 AM

One year out from the 2012 election and new quantitative and qualitative research makes it very clear -- next year will be very different from 2008, when Democrats captured the White House, gained seven U.S. Senate seats and the majority, and expanded their control of the U.S. House of Representatives....

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The Battle Over the Denver Ballot Contributes to a Bigger National Problem: Voter Confusion

(4) Comments | Posted October 3, 2011 | 10:44 AM

This week a Denver court will determine whether Colorado's Secretary of State Scott Gessler can keep eligible, registered voters in Denver from participating in the city's November 1 election. Gessler ordered the Denver Clerk and Recorder Debra Johnson to stop mailing ballots (it's an all-mail election) to registered voters because...

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Recognizing "Unmarried America" -- Celebrating "National Unmarried and Single Americans Week"

(287) Comments | Posted September 20, 2011 | 9:30 AM

The U.S. Census Bureau has made it official: we have entered the era of Unmarried America. And this week, "National Unmarried and Single Americans Week," is a good time for our nation's lawmakers, business owners and state governments to acknowledge and respond to what the 2010 Census has made abundantly...

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Déjà Vu All Over Again: It's the Economy, Stupid

(139) Comments | Posted August 25, 2011 | 10:19 AM

New research shows that the progressive base in this country -- unmarried women, persons of color, and those under 30 years old -- is struggling more financially than the conservative base, are not as motivated politically and are not responding to the progressive economic message now being offered on Capitol...

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Unmarried: The Tempest in Tampa

(137) Comments | Posted March 18, 2011 | 2:08 PM

Unmarried: Rose Ferlita has put her political ambition first and foremost, while her opponent is a dedicated family man with two children -- Ferlita is an unmarried woman with a suspect commitment to family values.

So reads a mailer that's making news in the Tampa mayoral run-off. Accusations...

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Marriage Gap Key to Unlocking the Gender Gap in 2010 and Beyond

(140) Comments | Posted October 29, 2010 | 4:02 PM

The Fat Lady isn't singing yet. Women will make up the majority of the electorate on Tuesday and they will decide -- depending whether more married or unmarried women turn out -- who sings on Election Day.

Though much has been made this cycle about the gender gap, there...

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