Bridal registry consultant Pamela Hall's "depression necklace" - a diamond pendant that she bought from Macy's at Meridian Mall on Nov. 10, following the election outcome.

Local women feel apprehensive after Clinton’s loss

Pamela Hall grabbed for her necklace, tossing the diamond pendant between her thumb and forefinger. Tears welling in her eyes, she looked around Meridian Mall Macy’s to check for customers. “This is my depression necklace,” said the bridal registry consultant. “I bought it for myself two days after Election Day. Whenever I’m feeling sad about the election outcome, I just grab for my necklace and remind myself that God is in control.”

Hall’s reaction was not an uncommon one – 94 percent of Clinton supporters said they would feel scared if Donald Trump won the election, according to CNN exit poll data.

Through her internship with the Clinton campaign, Rachel Cichon, a second-year political science student at Michigan State University, is getting students registered to vote at the MSU Union on Oct. 3.

#OurVoteCounts: Getting millennial women registered this election

If every millennial woman voted, there would be a huge voting bloc in this election, said Katherine Mirani, news editor at Her Campus. According to the Center for American Women and Politics, 64 percent of women reported voting in the 2012 election. But of those voters, only 45 percent of women age 18-24 voted, compared to 61 percent of voters age 24-44, 70 percent of voters age 45-64 and 73 percent of voters age 65-74. “We have a lot of power as young women,” said the editor, 24, from Boston, “but we have to actually use it.”

On Sept. 27, Her Campus – a new-media brand for empowered college women based in Boston, Mass.

Recalling her family's immigration history, Medina Osmanagic, 19,  discusses her identity as an unregistered voter at Starbucks on Grand River Avenue in early September.

Medina Osmanagic: How immigrant status can affect voter identity

Medina Osmanagic is a child of Bosnian immigrants — an identity that has drastically influenced her participation in American politics. “My family is not very Americanized and barely speaks English,” said the junior studying neuroscience and Spanish at Michigan State University. “They feel like they are less than everyone else.”

While her parents have lived in the United States for 19 years – after seeking refuge from the Bosnian War – they continue to hold a strong connection to their home country. This relationship with Bosnia has specifically affected Osmanagic’s willingness to participate in U.S. elections. “My parents have never voted a day in our (family’s) lives, so they never pushed it on us,” said Osmanagic.