On Tuesday, November 6, millions of Americans will decide which direction our country moves in. Historically, midterm elections have been a reflection of what our country has lacked: diversity, representation, voter turnout. This year, that changed.
A groundbreaking number of women are running for office, minorities and young people are showing up and speaking up. There's a reason for this shift, and it begins and ends with the “why”— the motivation that pushes people to make a change.
Marie Claire asked 5o influential women—celebrities, politicians, business leaders, and activists—to share their personal “why” with us. Their reasons for casting a ballot in the 2018 midterm elections are as diverse and varied as they are: a single-issue, a certain value, a specific person. Read their motivations below, and tweet your own with the hashtag #WhyImVoting before you vote on Tuesday.
From explainers to essays, cheat sheets to candidate analysis, we're breaking down exactly what you need to know about this year's midterms. Visit Marie Claire's Midterms Guide for more.