#ThisMaineWoman hashtag takes social media by storm

#ThisMaineWoman hashtag takes social media by storm

#ThisMaineWoman, a campaign launched early this week to celebrate Maine women and underscore the importance of women voting this election, has taken off across Facebook pages in Maine.

“There are so many women leaders to celebrate in Maine who often work behind the scenes and out of the spotlight,” said Maine People’s Alliance Associate Director Amy Halsted, who helped to launch the hashtag. “Polls show that women will ultimately determine the outcome of this election, from the makeup of the Maine legislature to the passage of ballot initiatives to the Presidential and Congressional races.”

Posts have ranged from accolades for notable women in politics to heart-warming celebrations of behind-the-scenes heroes.

“We wanted to celebrate the achievements of the countless Maine women who are leading efforts to improve life for Maine people, sometimes in the headlines, but more often behind the scenes. #ThisMaineWoman provides an online space for women to celebrate each other’s work to build strong organizations, lead issue and candidate campaigns, and advance social justice. In an election year with a woman major party candidate for president for the first time in US history, and ballot initiatives like Question 4 whose passage would be a huge win for women in Maine, the time felt right to hold up examples of women’s (often under-celebrated) achievements and show what is possible through women’s leadership,” said Halsted, who also serves as campaign manager for the Yes on 4 campaign.

Texas political icon Wendy Davis even got in on the action as she visited Maine this week:

And of course, a few good men have joined in:

Halsted encouraged as many Maine women to participate as possible. “When women lead, change happens. When women vote, Maine wins! Add your #thisMainewoman and your #8byNovember8 today!”

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