WOMEN
10/27/2014 11:27 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Why 27 Influential Women Are Voting This November (And Why You Should Too)

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A conservative pundit thinks that women who read women's magazines want to be informed about shoes, not politics. A Fox News host recently suggested that young women skip the voting booth in 2014 and go on Match.com instead. Ridiculous statements, sure, but these comments are also proof that there are some very vocal people out there who believe that women don't care about political issues or have the inclination to vote.

We know that's not true -- and that women's votes really matter. Fifty-three percent of voters in 2012 were women. And it's unmarried women, who make up about 25 percent of eligible voters, who helped Barack Obama win the presidential election in both 2008 and 2012.

In 2014, legislation that could significantly impact reproductive rights is on the ballot in three states, the wage gap is still going strong, and women are overwhelmingly impacted by the state of the economy (reminder: 40 percent of U.S. families now have female breadwinners). In other words, women have a huge stake in the leaders that will be elected during the midterms and the policies those leaders put into action.

As Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Joanna Coles recently said on NPR: "I have no problem understanding that women are interested in mascara and the Middle East." We can buy shoes and talk about sex, and care deeply about economic policy, access to health care and the way our government approaches foreign conflict.

Here are just a few of the reasons we at HuffPost Women will be casting our votes in 2014:

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In the spirit of encouraging women everywhere to get out and vote, we also asked women we admire to give us one reason why they're exercising their civic duty this November. Here's what 27 of them had to say:

1. Melissa Etheridge

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Singer-Songwriter, Guitarist, Activist

2. Andi Dorfman

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Attorney, Former "Bachelorette"

3. Abbi Jacobson

abbi jacobson

Comedian, Star and Co-Creator of "Broad City"

4. Feminista Jones

feminista jones
Writer, Activist

5. Delia Ephron

delia ephron
Screenwriter, Author, Playwright

6. Logan Levkoff

logan levkoff
Sexologist, Expert on "Married At First Sight"

7. Vanessa Simmons

vanessa simmons
Actress, Star of "Run's House"

8. Hayley Saltzman

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Social Media Editor, Bustle.com

9. Monica Potter

monica potter

Actress, "Parenthood"

10. Ilana Glazer

ilana glazer

Comedian, Star and Co-Creator of "Broad City"

11. Meredith Bennett-Smith

meredith bennettsmith

Identities Editor, Mic.com

12. Faizun Kamal

faizun kamal

Founder, sourceFK

13. Elizabeth Plank

elizabeth plank

Senior Editor, Mic.com

14. Jean Kilbourne

jean kilbourne

Writer, Filmmaker, Speaker

15. Jenny Kutner

jenny kutner

Assistant Editor, Salon.com

16. Lynda Lopez

lynda lopez

Journalist, Co-Founder of the Lopez Family Foundation

17. Stella Bugbee

stella bugbee

Editorial Director, The Cut

18. Joanna Rothkopf

joanna rothkopf

Assistant Editor, Salon.com

19. Beverly Gooden

beverly gooden

Writer, Social Activist, #WhyIStayed Creator

20. Jane Pratt

jane pratt

Founding Editor of Sassy and Jane, Editor of xoJane.com

21. Zerlina Maxwell

zerlina maxwell

Journalist, Political Analyst, Speaker

22. Anushay Hossain

anushay hossain
Journalist

23. Lisa Miller

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Contributing Editor, New York Magazine

24. Phoebe Robinson

phoebe robinson

Comedian, Writer for Glamour.com, Creator of Blaria.com

25. Alicia Menendez

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Host, "Alicia Menendez Tonight" on Fusion

26. Alyona Minkovski

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Host, HuffPost Live

27. Arianna Huffington

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Chair, President, and Editor-In-Chief of the Huffington Post Media Group

Why are you going out to the polls on November 4th? Let us know on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #WhyImVoting. We'll feature your responses in a slideshow here.

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