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With November 3rd just around the corner, the 2020 election will be here before we know it. This year, in the midst of a pandemic and the spotlighting of several social and political issues ranging from affordable healthcare and education to racial equality, it's more important than ever for your voice to be heard by legislators.
This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the women's suffrage movement, when the 19th Amendment was passed after women fought for the right to vote. That makes this moment even more special to take part in—so if you haven't registered already, head to Vote.org stat!
While we're getting better about speaking out about the causes we care about, showing off our thoughts on voting is also made easier by a slew of fun accessories. We've rounded up some noteworthy picks—most of which benefit the organizations and non-profits that work to ensure our civil liberties are met—and sprinkled in a few items that caught the eye of our editors.
Now, in addition to doing your part by registering to vote and showing up on election day (mail-in ballots totally count, by the way!) treat yourself to these statement-making accessories and items that inspire you and others to get out the vote.
ByChari The Original Spaced Letter "VOTE" Necklace
Former First Lady Michelle Obama gave an impassioned speech during the first night of the Democratic National Convention and one of her accessories in particular—a gold-lettered necklace—stirred quite the interest. In fact by the last hour of the convention, the necklace was the top-trending search among U.S.-based Google users, according to CNN. The simple gold chain that spells out the word "VOTE" is from Black-owned jewelry brand ByChari, a Los Angeles-based fine jewelry brand and you can pick up yours now.
Phenomenal Voter Sweatshirt
Let every passerby know your voter status and that you're phenomenal. Meena Harris, the niece of Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris, is the CEO and founder of Phenomenal Woman, a series of social action campaigns inspired by Maya Angelou’s “Phenomenal Woman” poem. Some of the organizations they support include Black Futures Lab, Families Belong Together, and Justice for Migrant Women.
The Vote Necklace
We totally understand if you're not able to drop $300 on a custom piece of jewelry. If you have $50, though, this charming vote necklace commemorates the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage and $5 from the purchase goes to the League of Women Voters NYC. It's made of 14k gold fill and comes with a 16-inch chain.
"Vote" Rhinestone Bobby Pin
"This sparkly rhinestone hair clip represents an important partnership between stylist Justine Marjan, the brand Kitsch, and the When We All Vote organization, which encourages people who haven't yet registered to get out and vote. For just $29, this sparkly statement accessory can be yours. Wear it proudly between now and election day, and feel good about the cause you're supporting along the way."—Melanie Berliet, General Manager
Call Your Reps Cap
Even though it's extremely important to vote, it's also crucial to educate yourself about the issues and to engage with your own local lawmakers to let them know the issues that matter most to you. This "Call Your Reps" baseball cap is a succinct little reminder to yourself and others to stay involved and your purchase also benefits the ACLU.
A cool note about The Outrage is that it also lists a bunch of resources, books, and documentaries so you can educate yourself about hot-button issues before the election.
I Am A Voter Candle
"This candle by The Little Market not only smells incredible (it comes in 28 different scents!), but half of the proceeds are donated to 'I Am a Voter,' a public awareness campaign that works to provide voter registration tools and election reminders. The candle is wonderful, but you'll feel even better supporting the mission behind it: that democracy works best when we all participate." — Caroline Utz, Associate Editor
CV x When We All Vote Canvas Tote
"This blue cotton tote by Clare V. reads 'I Vote, You Vote, She Votes, We Vote, They Vote' in a lovely French script. While it’s an easy way to advocate for voter participation, part of the bag’s proceeds are also donated to When We All Vote—a nonprofit organization co-chaired by Michelle Obama, Tom Hanks, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Janelle Monae, among others—so you can feel good about the fact that your money is being funneled into worthy grassroots campaigns around the U.S."—Chelsea Stuart, Senior Lifestyle Editor
Naturalizer Callie VOTE Boot
Stomp your way to the ballots in these heeled leather combat booties from Naturalizer and The Outrage. The limited-edition pair spells out VOTE across the toe and is hand-painted by artist Kiersten Essenpreis. Proceeds from the $150 purchase go to She Should Run, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that works to increase the number of women considering a run for public office.
Madewell Vote Graphic Unisex Tee
"This Madewell graphic tee combines a cute design with an incredibly important message. I love the fact that it's unisex, making it a t-shirt suitable for all, and to make things even better, Madewell is proud to donate 100 percent of the purchase price of this U.S.-made tee through November 3, 2020, to the American Civil Liberties Union and its mission to maintain and advance civil liberties, including the protection of the fundamental right to vote for all who are eligible." —Kim Carvalho, Associate Social Media Editor
When We All Vote x Brother Vellies Canvassing Sneakers
Black-owned footwear brand Brother Vellies teamed up with Keds to create their Canvassing Sneaker. Each shoe features a message personally handwritten by Brother Vellies creative director, Aurora James and 100 percent of the purchase price goes to When We All Vote.
Thank You For Voting Tote
We love how this "Thank You For Voting" canvas tote riffs on nostalgic grocery bags. More important than the design, though, is the fact that proceeds from the bag benefit Vote.org, a non-profit, non-partisan site that provides helpful resources and helps people register to vote in less than two minutes.
ACLU Let People Vote Pin
"Exercising your right to vote should be just as easy as ordering takeout. Election Day should be a national holiday, every citizen should be automatically registered to vote when they become of age, and early voting and vote by mail should be available across the country. While buying some merch won’t make those “radical” ideas come to fruition, I know by purchasing this pin, and, by extension, donating to the ACLU, I know I am supporting the fight for freedom and the protection of our constitutional rights."—Allison Bean, Editorial Director
Vote Face Mask
Send the all-important message to vote and promote public health by wearing a mask to reduce the spread of germs. All the proceeds from this cotton-blend mask support the Human Rights Campaign which fights for LGBTQ equality.
LEVI'S X VOTE Cropped Surf Tee
Graphic tees never go out of style, and this vote tee is no exception. The casual tee has a modern, cropped silhouette and proceeds from the purchase support Rock the Vote which aims to register as many voters as possible. Come election day, pair it with your favorite jeans and a leather jacket for a look that says you're all about civic participation.
The Power Book
Gift this book to your favorite teacher or thumb through the illustrations with the children in your life. It features quotes and stories from inspiring figures like Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Emmeline Pankhurst, Rosa Parks, Malala Yousafzai, Alan Turing, and Stephen Hawking, as well as thought-provoking discussions on war, bullying, racism, sexism, and homophobia. There are also prompts for self-reflection.
Fair Fight Purple Vote Mask
"I'm a big believer in the power of positive peer pressure when it comes to voting, and I can't think of a better way to remind everyone of their civic duty than by wearing this mask when I leave the house. It's from a collaboration between Resistance By Design and Stacey Abrams's Fair Fight Organization, and a portion of the proceeds from each sale will be donated to the Southern Center for Human Rights."—Karli Bendlin, Email Editor
Read Think Vote Cap
"What we read and what we think inherently come into play when we step into the voting booth (or fill out a mail-in ballot at home) and I love that this baseball hat encourages people to inform themselves before casting their ballot. Proceeds benefit PEN America and their Freedom of Speech 2020 campaign, which defends our right to protest, freedom of the press, and more vital causes."—Bridget Mallon, Associate Editorial Director