By Cynthia Richie Terrell on July 30, 2021
by Cynthia Richie Terrell and Alex-Michelle Parr
There is a common misconception that English is the national language of the United States, when in fact, the U.S. has no official language at the federal level. And, although English remains the de facto language of the U.S., more than 350 languages are spoken across the country with roughly 91 million people speaking a language other than English at home.
Despite the linguistic diversity that exists in the United States, language comprehension continues to be a structural barrier for many individuals—especially when it comes to voter education materials, electoral reform information, and candidate recruitment and training. With such a large percentage of our population having a native language other than English, many people remain at a disadvantage when it comes to understanding pertinent voting information, resources about running for office, and policy proposals that advance women’s representation and leadership.Read more