The November 2020 election will be the one-hundredth anniversary of American women winning the vote after a seventy-two-year struggle. This vision for the landmark 2020 vote is rooted in values that many women agree on.

Empathy. Treating others like you want to be treated. The Golden Rule is one of the first lessons we teach children, so they will stop and think about how they would feel if someone treated them badly. It’s a valuable rule for everyone.

Truth. We are taught to tell the truth because one’s word matters. Most of us can remember being called out as a child for telling a lie, as well as feeling betrayed when someone lied to us. Public trust in government has eroded because we have so often found out that officials have lied to us.

Respect. Many cultures have greetings that show honor and respect. The Sanskrit word Namaste means, “I bow to you.” In Hawaii, Aloha means more than hello or goodbye; it is an expression of love and connection with other people and the natural world. Electronic communication now shields us from seeing the impact of hurtful words, coarsening our public discourse. When we speak to others with respect despite our differences, we can have real dialogue about solving the challenges we face.

Fairness. We teach children to share, making sure everyone has enough and no one takes too much. But as adults, we allow some to enjoy unearned privileges, while others are told to go without. We all want to be treated fairly but If we believe that everyone in America gets equal treatment, we have not spent enough time with people who are different from us. By walking in another’s shoes, we can understand the blinders we may have about fairness.

Role models. We never outgrow our need for positive role models. The leaders of a powerful country like the United States have a responsibility to be role models to the world for the values we profess. If we do not, we become international hypocrites, saying one thing while doing another.

Safety. Everyone needs to feel safe to thrive. Public policies that protect women and children from abuse and hold perpetrators accountable must be enforced. Safe streets and communities are critical as well. Our national scourge of gun violence disproportionately traumatizes urban communities, robbing us of their youth and leaving grief in its wake. We must work together to end violence where ever it occurs.

Home. We all need a home, a place of safety. People who are homeless are exposed to freezing cold, driving rain, and heat stroke as well as abuse and violence. Children and families are sleeping in cars, elders are staying in shelters and many don’t have enough money for food. While some Americans have several mansions, others have only a blanket.

Earth. It is the home we share and yet our earth is in danger from wildfires, raging storms, record heat waves, and sea-level rise. The polar ice caps are melting, and the earth is heating up. America is a leading consumer of goods that require energy and a major producer of carbon emissions, yet we have withdrawn from international climate agreements. Since we contribute to the global crisis, it is only fair that we help find solutions: time is running out.

Care. Children learn about caring by being cared for by their family and other adults. Care is one of the central roles that family members provide. At some point in our lives, we all need to be taken care of. When families don’t have enough caregivers, a healthy society that values families will help fill the gap.

Animals. Some of us learned about care by caring for a pet. Pets provide companionship and emotional support, and some can be trained to help people see, dress, and eat. Animals also provide food and clothing, for which we owe them respect and gratitude. We often take animals for granted. When sea turtles choke on the plastic littering the ocean, we are complicit in animal abuse through our inadequate environmental policies.

Health. Physical and mental health cannot be separated; both are critical to our well-being. People who suffer from physical and mental health conditions deserve the best care medicine can offer, regardless of their financial position.

Learning. A good education is generally linked to higher wages and healthier lifestyles, and we want our children to do well in school. To prepare them to succeed in this expansive global economy, and to maintain our competitive edge, we need to invest heavily in high-quality public education and safe schools for all our children, regardless of the zip code where they live.

Courage. Bullies achieve their goal of inflicting harm when bystanders lack the courage to stop them. Bullying behavior seeks to divide us and contributes to violence, hate crimes, supremacist ideologies, and domestic terror. We must have the courage to confront and stop bullying whenever we see it to protect ourselves, those we love, and our country from its harmful influence.

Work. Americans value hard work and a strong economy. We say we value equality, but many women who work two jobs—one at home and another in the world—are barely able to make ends meet. The wage gap in America has never been greater. We need an economy that rewards the work of everyone; so those who burp our babies and educate our children earn wages comparable to those who handle our money. Fair wages, affordable childcare, and paid leave for working mothers and fathers are essential for a healthy work-life balance.

Freedom. Our country was founded on freedom, but when individuals’ values collide, we fight over free speech, religious and reproductive freedom, and the freedom to bear arms. We must have the courage to respectfully discuss and consider different interpretations of these freedoms without vilifying the advocates for each.

Choice. Reproductive freedom is about having adequate resources for mothering. Women seldom make the difficult decision to have an abortion because of the right to control their body and choosing to not be pregnant for nine months. Abortion decisions are made by weighing one’s family support along with one’s personal and economic ability to mother a child to a healthy adulthood. We should leave reproductive decisions to those who bear the responsibility of parenting.

Justice. We say we are a country of laws, with “liberty and justice for all.” But history reveals a very spotty record on our ability to make good on these principles. Our leaders violated treaties with Native Americans, robbing them of their land. Much of the nation’s early wealth was built on the unpaid labor of slaves. Even today many people are unable to achieve their full potential because of a brush with our unequal justice system. Our nation has been built on a lofty vision and a bold experiment, but we have a long way to go to make that vision a reality.

Voting. “We the people” originally meant land-owning white men. Since the majority of us have had to fight for the franchise, we must value and exercise that right at every opportunity. Voting is our chance to move the country in the direction we think best. Some continue to be disenfranchised because polling places are miles away or have limited hours, or require identity documents. Policies that restrict the right to vote are a betrayal of democracy and must be stopped.

Peace. The costs of war are high. Service men and women, along with their families, carry the horror and trauma of war for the rest of their lives. We call upon our leaders to do everything in their power to avoid war, through negotiation, coalition building, strengthening alliances, economic sanctions, and treaties. Our leaders need to honestly tally war’s hidden costs before ever resorting to it.

Faith. “One nation under God”: belief in God was intrinsic to our nation’s founding. We continue to balance faith with freedom, which is just as vital. Tragically, faith has been used to promote intolerance and violence. Even today, one’s faith can make it dangerous to live near a different faith group. Let us learn from our past. When we interpret faith to connect rather than divide, it can inspire us to live up to the ideals we share. Only then can we become the nation we seek to be.

Hopefully women will make our voices heard this November and help unite the country around the values we share when we cast our 2020 vote.