Yes, It Can Be Frustrating But We Can’t Give Up

Yes, It Can Be Frustrating But We Can’t Give Up

As we head into a new year, we tend to look back at all the events that have happened this past year – and that can sometimes lead us down a path of anger. Yes, it can be frustrating but we can’t give up. A new year will bring on new hope and new opportunities to make our government work for us.

If you feel like the issues you care about are being represented, contact your officials and let them know.

If you feel like the issues you care about aren’t being represented, contact your officials and let them know.

We may not always feel like it’s possible, but we do have the ability to change the world with our votes. We have the opportunity to reach out and let those making the decisions know how we feel and how they should consider their constituents concerns when making them.

As we watch what’s happening around us, wondering who is representing you – we must remember that while we may not win each vote, or every candidate we like is elected, it is still up to us to participate in the process or be left entirely behind. We need to remain diligent in doing our research, finding out about the issues being discussed and reviewed, and letting those elected to act on our behalf know how we feel and what’s important to us.

While you still may not feel like your voice is being heard, the alternative of not voting means you are silencing yourself completely. Not participating in the process means you are giving up on your rights. You’re giving up on having a say in how the world you live in is being taken care of. It means you’re giving up on ever having the opportunity to make a change.

And we all know – changing anything always begins with you.

As we look forward to all the new beginnings and budding opportunities waiting for us in 2018, remember your voice matters and you deserve to be heard. #WomenVotes


Show Your Voice

Show Your Voice

Stand up and be counted for having fun…while voting!


These little beauties, graciously designed by #MonoAgency, made their way home with all sorts of women ready to show just how important it is to have their voices heard with a simple gift of $5 for 3 buttons! They made their grand debut at the National Association for Female Executives Luncheon for Top Executives this past March 9th in New York City!

Regardless of your party, these buttons show that your vote is more than lip service. These show that you think everyone’s voice should be heard – not only for Presidential choices, but also in the Midterm Elections to make your mark in D.C. and locally! Our Senators and Legislators will be looking to you once again to make your mark and choose your representatives so why not start making your voice heard now with the issues that matter most to you? Let them know whats important to YOU so they can better represent your interests.

Want to grab some of these buttons for yourself, or your group? Contact us and we’ll get you the details! In the meantime, keep up the conversations #WomenVotes and rock on, Democracy!

Support Carpool2Vote on Kickstarter

Support Carpool2Vote on Kickstarter

Free Ride To The Polls: WomenVotes Takes You There by Brian Rashid – FORBES

Very soon we will know who will be the next president of the United States. With the countdown to the election in full force, modern politics has combined with technology to help shape the social landscape with and the first-ever free ride-sharing app to the polls. The non-partisan app seeks to empower women voters and increase voter turnout by connecting voters needing a ride to the polls and by inspiring civic engagement.

To celebrate we are launching the Women Votes Youtube Channel today with a power series of public service announcements created by the Fall 2016 Class at the Washington Media Institute to further help spread the word and share their millennial voices. See our official launch videos below:

Why You Should Vote In This Election >>

How To Use The Carpool2Vote App >>

Get To Your Voting Booth For Free >>

A Call To Action is now in progress to recruit drivers and riders across the United States to download the Carpool2Vote app and sign up.

As a volunteer-based initiative, the more drivers that exist means the more people Carpool2Vote can help to the polls on November 8th.

DOWNLOAD NOW >>. It’s FREE (Carpool2Vote)

On the APP Store or get it on GOOGLE Play

Our goal is to reach ten thousand users across America, that is ten thousand users who may not have voted. We’ve got this. Your support will mean we can bring our project from pure passion to scale!


  1. Download the Carpool2Vote FREE app on the App Store or on Google Play
  2. Sign up as a volunteer DRIVER and/or RIDER to help on election day
  3. Follow us on Twitter/Facebook @Carpool2Vote @WomenVotes and share the app with your friends
  4. Subscribe to the Women Votes YouTube Channel = our goal is to reach 1,000 subscribers by Monday
  5. Be proud to make a difference in #Election2016! Reach out to neighbors and friends via and make sure they have a ride to the polls!

Women Votes and #Carpool2Vote are bi-partisan initiatives whose mission is to empower women to vote and run for elected office. To further spread the word, Carpool2Vote is being promoted by AMC Networks Inc., which will support outreach and inspire civic engagement through online support on its corporate website and network websites. AMC Networks Inc. owns and operates several of the most popular and award-winning brands in cable television: AMC, BBC AMERICA, IFC, SundanceTV, and WE tv.

Co-founded by Nicole Wild Merl and Thomas Cook, Carpool2Vote is a digital platform of The blog and social platforms, which were created by the first-ever virtual Education Cooperative from Northeastern University College of Professional Studies for the public benefit. The app was designed by Justin Insalaco, the CEO of 3BDreams, with the help of his team including Chief Architect, Matt Young, and Advisor Will Donovan. 

Whose Shoes are You Wearing? Women Look Beyond Their Experiences

Whose Shoes are You Wearing? Women Look Beyond Their Experiences

Whose Shoes are You Wearing?
Challenging Women to Look Beyond Their Own Experiences

By Sheri Cole (@bflysmile) for @WomenVotes

As I sit down to write this blog post, I am having trouble focusing. There is too much to say about the election and why it’s important for women to vote and make our voices heard. But then as I tease apart what that statement means, I get lost in contradictory thoughts.

On one hand, if women were to band together and vote as a block, we could sway any election. We are over 50% of the population after all. This was actually one of the arguments against giving women the right to vote during the suffrage movement. Men in power have always feared women connecting and organizing, and this has led to both institutions designed to keep women separate and a political system that disadvantages women.

On the other hand, 20+ years of feminist studies have taught me one thing: there is no such thing as ‘women.’ Just pull up Twitter and click on any Tweet that talks about a “woman’s issue” and see the diversity of opinion. And I’m not talking about political issues like equal pay or maternity leave, but general statements about fashion or beauty or motherhood.

Go ahead… I’ll wait.

Didn’t take long to get to a comment that says – “I’m a woman and I don’t agree” – did it? (And it probably wasn’t that civil, either… but that’s a topic for another blog post!)

Because that’s the crux of it: women and our opinions are not monolithic. And furthermore, there has not been a diversity of women’s experiences and opinions represented in our government or leadership.

The history of the “women’s movement” is a history of diverse thoughts and issues. What is defined as a “women’s issue” to me might not be to another woman.

And that’s okay.

What’s not okay is using that fact to try to divide and discount our opinions. As I write this, a song comes into my head: I wish you’d take a walk in my shoes for a start / You might think it’s easy being me / You just stand still, and look pretty.

Replace the last line with another statement about a woman’s experience.   We are all guilty of putting our experience at the center of our politics and opinions, and that’s only natural. But we have to challenge one another to think beyond our own experiences. To walk in another woman’s shoes and try to see the world from her vantage point.

When I feel the crunch at the end of the month of not having enough money, I stop and challenge myself to think what life is like for the single mother who works for minimum wage and can’t afford to stop at the grocery store for eggs and milk at the end of the month.

And what if our politicians did the same thing? What if our Senators and Mayors thought about how every policy would impact not only their lives, but the life of the citizen whose life is different from theirs?

So back to my original question… why do women’s voices matter?

Because not only do my experiences as a woman drive my political views, they are also an experience that has not been a part of our political discourse as much as they should. Sure, there are male politicians who strive to represent people different than them, and there are female politicians who vote in their own self-interest. But I’d submit that the more women who are engaged in the process of voting and running for office, the more “women’s issues” will cease to be defined as such, and just be “issues.”

Imagine a world where we see the following “women’s issues” redefined:

Maternity leave is universally defined as parental leave because not only can a caregiver could be a woman or a man, but all families who have children have to deal with child care issues.

Men stand up for equal pay for women and people of all races because the less money women and people of color make at work, the less money families have to pay for basic necessities.

This isn’t a utopian world of the future. We have examples of other countries that have made this shift in their thinking. And what do they have in common? Women are represented at greater levels in their executive and governing leadership.

In America, we are at a crossroads – regardless of your political views and identity – as we nominate the first woman to potentially lead our country. But even if Hillary Clinton is never elected President, breaking this barrier means that we are now focusing on women’s voices in a way we haven’t before.   It will lead to more women being inspired to run for office, and some of these women will win! And when they take their seats at the table, they need to look beyond their experiences and walk in another woman’s shoes to understand her experiences.

And before we step into the voting booth, we need to do the same thing. So, whose shoes will you try on today? And what will they feel like? Will walking around for a while in them change your views?

I think it will. And I think our collective lives will be better for it.


#Carpool2Vote List of the Best Carpool and Rideshare Apps for Election2016

#Carpool2Vote List of the Best Carpool and Rideshare Apps for Election2016

There are many great resources out there to support people to #Carpool2Vote on #Election2016 Day. Our goal is to keep this list up-to-date so we can support your voting efforts and help you make the best choice for you and your group and not get stuck without a lift to the polls.


Some Carpool and Rideshare Tips:

Your City: Check out your city and/or state department of transportation to learn about carpool options in your area. Find rideshare and other options to help build your commute with neighbors or start your own car share program in your community.

Google Docs Sign-up Sheet: This simple template allows groups of people to sign up for various tasks usiFng the collaborative features of Google Docs. It can be used to coordinate many tasks including organizing your #Carpool2Vote. The organizer sets things up by filling in dates, names, and chores, then shares it with participants to fill in.


List of the Best Carpool and Rideshare Apps for Election2016

  • Carma Carpooling: With the catch-phrase “Freedom to Go”, Carma is a carpooling app pioneering the Ownerless Car to transform wasted parking lot hours into dynamic mobility services that respond to people’s different transportation needs throughout the day. With over 400 cars, its customers are already living and driving the future of transportation.
  • Carpoolworld: Is an Internet website that provides a free public on-line trip-matching service. Carpoolworld also provides a hosted carpool matching solution for institutions such as schools, universities, hospitals who wish to provide carpool matching for their community.
  • Craigslist: Provides a community rideshare link where you can find postings to find rides offered and needed only. No app or connected social platform so you know who you are riding with or peer-to-peer review!
  • Getaround: Is an online car sharing or peer-to-peer carsharing service that allows drivers to rent cars from private car owners, and owners to rent out their cars for payment. With Getaround, you can rent 1000’s of cars from a Toyota to a BMW to a Tesla and unlock them all with your phone via the easy to use app.
  • Lyft: Is an easy-to-use taxi app alternative and one of the biggest names in the ridesharing space. Lyft Line takes ridesharing to the next level by connecting you to other passengers along your route. When you share a ride, you pay a discounted price. Look out for the pink mustache!
  • iCarpool: Looking for a better way to commute? iCarpool connects you with verified drivers going your way so you can start carpooling in a matter of minutes. “No fixed schedule. Book a ride and hop on.”
  • Rideshare: With a mission to support and promote all forms of ridesharing, improve the environment, provide world-class customer experience and lessen the burden of government, Rideshare provides carpooling and fleet solutions for offices and campuses!
  • Ridejoy: Is a community marketplace for friendly people sharing rides. If you are going in a trip, you can list extra seat space in your car, and if you need to get somewhere, you can find a ride, using the site.
  • Rydes: RYDE is a social enterprise that promotes carpooling. RYDE’s request tool uses GPS technology to match drivers with riders going the same way. Carpooling benefits all. For riders, it offers a social, eco-friendly and cost-effective alternative. For drivers, this helps to offset the cost of petrol and parking.
  • SafeHer SafeHer was born to provide a simple solution to an all-to-common problem: reducing violence against women in the ride-share space. SafeHer’s proprietary background checks aim to set a new safety standard in the industry. To join this movement go to
  • Turo “Rent a car anywhere”, this app offers local pickup, city delivery, and airport delivery saving commuters time and money.
  • Uber: Very popular ridesharing app that allows you to choose your vehicle type and share for carpool options. Uber’s message “Across borders, cultures, and languages, we’re proud to connect people who need a reliable ride with people looking to earn money driving their car. Your journeys inspire us. Thank you.”
  • Zimride: Is a simple way to connect drivers and passengers going the same way you are. … It’s simple! “Zimriding” is a fun way to get where you need to go and also connect with others in your immediate area to share rides (only available to universities and corporations.
  • ZipCar: Is an American car-sharing company, a subsidiary of Avis Budget Group. Zipcar provides automobile reservations to its members, billable by the hour or day. Zipcar members pay a monthly or annual membership fee in addition to car reservations charges. “Own the trip. Not the car.”
WomenVotes Announces #Carpool2Vote at Northeastern University

WomenVotes Announces #Carpool2Vote at Northeastern University

WomenVotes Announces #Carpool2Vote at Northeastern University’s prestigious 2016 Education Cooperative Awards Luncheon


Campaign highlights the importance of #WomenVotes and the need to help others get to the polls so they can cast their ballot on #Election2016 Day. Includes a list of the Best Carpool and Rideshare Apps for 2016


June 29, 2016

BOSTON, MA—WomenVotes (, co-founders Nicole Wild Merl and Thomas Cook, today announced a new initiative, #Carpool2Vote aimed at helping get women, moms, grandmas (anyone needing a lift) to the polls on #Election2016 Day during an acceptance speech at Northeastern University’s prestigious 2016 Education Cooperative Awards Luncheon. Ms. Wild Merl, a graduating Master’s student, was honored with “The Student Scholar” recognition for her achievements.

Furthermore, the blog and social platforms were created via the first-ever virtual Education Cooperative allowed by Northeastern University to research, develop, and implement a digital social impact project both as an experiential and innovative learning experience. Sponsored by Thomas Cook, Thomas Cook & Associates LLC, the social impact project’s timely mission is to empower #WomenVotes for #Election2016 and the future.

Calling all drivers! The #Carpool2Vote campaign highlights the importance of civic engagement by encouraging women from all political affiliations to vote on the issues and help with resources and ways to carpool to vote in the presidential election on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. To support the campaign, WomenVotes is seeking to join forces with women, moms, and caring organizations who want and can make a difference.

#Carpool2Vote List of the Best Carpool and Rideshare Apps for 2016