Barbara Burgos DiTullio is the director of WomenVote PA, with offices at 125 S. Ninth St. She said Pennsylvania ranks near the bottom in terms of promoting social programs for women, and that is because a large percentage of women do not vote.
"Many of us were not aware that in every state in the nation except Pennsylvania, women are more likely than men to register to vote," said DiTullio
."This might just explain why Pennsylvania is one of the nine worst states for women when you look at women's employment, earnings, political participation, health and well-being, reproductive rights, and social and economic independence."DiTullio is the former state president of the National Organization for Women, a position she held for eight years.She
wanted WomenVote PA
to be more than just another women's organization comprised primarily of white women, and she
has reached out to a variety of organizations for support.She
is working throughout the state, including in Harrisburg and Pittsburgh.
African-American women are key constituents in cities.DiTullio
did not say that African-American women are voting less that other groups.However, she
said voting patterns have shown more women voting in suburban Delaware County than in urban Philadelphia County.More African-American women live in the city.
In addition to local matters and social policy, DiTullio
said voting is "critical in terms of the national election," and that women should "outraged that we are not doing better than we are."