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Women’s PACs Endorse Obama/Biden Ticket Not Palin

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September 17th, 2008

In recent weeks, much speculation has been made in the media about how women will be voting in November, for whom, and why. Yet too often the press has focused on superficial, inaccurate or trivializing notions of women’s electoral needs and habits. This week, media had the opportunity to deepen the conversation.

Yesterday Feminist Majority PAC, National Organization for Women PAC, Business and Professional Women PAC, National Association of Social Workers PACE, National Congress of Black Women, and the Women’s Information Network endorsed the Democratic Nominee Presidential ticket, Senator Obama and Biden. I was present with many other reporters and women’s rights organizations including the National Council of Women’s Organization’s Director Kim Otis and Chair, Susan Scanlan.

Kim Gandy, president of the NOW PAC, discussed why the Obama/Biden ticket was important to women. She highlighted Obama’s co-sponsoring and support for the Fair Pay, Paycheck Fairness Act, the Prevention First Act and the reauthorization of Violence Against women (VAWA). Biden is the chief sponsor of VAWA and supports the Security and Financial Empowerment Act (SAFE).

Ellie Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority PAC, fielded questions from reporters who continued to ask if Palin was a role model for women, and why hadn’t they endorsed the Green Party ticket Cynthia Mckinney and Rosa Clemente.

A few reporters decided they wanted to have a “lipstick” conversation with these women instead of talking about the issues that had been discussed in relation to political platforms that demonstrate support for women in policy and action. It seemed the big media reporters were only looking for the “cat fight” conversation and snippets, not the issues.

Jill Foster, an Utterz (now Utterli) Ambassador, was there to cover the event from the social media community. Below you will find my interview with Jill.


[Cross Posted @ Women Wired In]

One Response to “Women’s PACs Endorse Obama/Biden Ticket Not Palin”

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