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.

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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.

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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.