Page Gardner is the founder and president of the Women’s Voices Women Vote Action Fund (WVWVAF) and its sister group, the Voter Participation Center (VPC). Together, VPC and WVWVAF have developed new ways to enfranchise and empower the historically under-represented groups that now comprise the Rising American Electorate (RAE), including unmarried women, African Americans, Hispanics and other people of color, and millennials. Under Gardner’s leadership, the VPC and WVWVAF have emerged as leaders in metrics-based voter registration, turnout, and advocacy. Since its founding, VPC has helped more than 2.5 million Americans register to vote.
More than a decade ago, Gardner discovered the “marriage gap”, a profound difference between the voter participation rates of married and unmarried women. Through research, she realized that marital status is a key determinant of whether and how one votes. Gardner co-founded the VPC in 2003, with the goal of increasing unmarried women’s participation in the political process.
Before founding VPC and WVWVAF, Gardner worked for over 20 years at senior levels for several of the most competitive national, state and local campaigns in the country. She also managed issue and communications campaigns on some of the most heatedly debated public policy questions facing the nation. She is a nationally known political strategist and communications specialist who has written articles for many publications and has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, NBC, PBS and NPR.
POLITICO: Stumbling into the Marriage Gap
Politico [August 20, 2014]
If you want to understand single women and politics, you need to talk to Page Gardner
NPR [May 4, 2014]
Unlocking the secrets of the 2014 and 2016 elections
The Hill [December 5, 2014]