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I'm a strong believer in coalition building. Which is why I was very pleased to see the following announcement of yet another effort to fight back against the current war on women being waged against us by the right.  

If you are a member of a group who should know about this-who is not currently part of the coalition-please pass this information on.    

HERvotes Coalition Press Conference Held Today

This morning, a coalition of 51 national women's organizations under the banner of HERvotes held a press conference at the National Press Club to announce an unprecedented effort to mobilize women voters on Health and Economic Rights - HERvotes- in 2012. HERvotes groups, angered by the onslaught of attacks on access to contraception and 11 key gains of women in the 20th century, are determined to protect the gains women have made in the workplace, health care, education and basic individual rights and to continue moving forward an equality agenda.
About HERvotes

In recognition of the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote, and the anniversary of the 1963 civil rights march on Washington, a coalition of women's organizations, representing millions of women, announced plans to counter the attacks on women's economic and health security through a new multi-organization effort, HERvotes. The goal is to mobilize women voters in 2012 around preserving women's Health and Economic Rights (HER rights.)

The top priorities of HERvotes are to educate and engage more women to use their voices and their votes to urge lawmakers who seek to represent them to:

    Stop the attacks on historic advances for women;
    Preserve successful policies, such as Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act;
    Respect women's contribution to the economy; and
    Act on jobs at livable wages and equal pay for our families economic security.

This multi-organization effort is coming together to harness the growing power of women in the United States. Women now comprise half of the entire paid labor force, and are essential contributors to the economy, both as workers and consumers. Women are also an increasingly powerful political force. According to the Center for American Women in Politics, women had a higher turnout rate in 2008 than men, with 60.4 percent of women turned out to vote compared to 55.7 percent of men. This gender gap held true across all ages and races.

I'm including the full list since it is important to illustrate that the group does not represent only one segment of the women's movement.
Coalition Members
American Association of University Women
Linda Hallman, Executive Director/CEO

Advocates for Youth
Debra Hauser, President

Black Women's Health Imperative
Eleanor Hinton Hoytt, President

Black Women's Roundtable
Melanie Campbell, Executive Director

Center for Advancement of Public Policy
Martha Burk, President

Business and Professional Women's Foundation
Deborah L. Frett, Chief Executive Officer

Center for Health and Gender Equity
Serra Sippel, President

Center for Women Policy Studies
Leslie Wolfe, President

Coalition of Labor Union Women
Karen J. See, President

Dolores Huerta Foundation
Dolores Huerta, President

Family Values at Work
Ellen Bravo, Executive Director

Abigail Collazo, Editor

Feminist Majority
Eleanor Smeal, President

Feminist Majority Foundation
Eleanor Smeal, President

General Federation of Women's Clubs
Erica DeCorla-Souza, Associate Director

Hadassah, The Women's Zionist Organization of America, Inc.
Marcie Natan, President

Jewish Women International
Loribeth Weinstein, Executive Director

League of Women Voters
Nancy Tate, Executive Director

Lois Uttley, President

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Executive Director

Ms. Magazine
Kathy Spillar, Executive Editor

NARAL Pro-Choice America
Nancy Keenan, President

National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum
Miriam Yeung, Executive Director

National Association of Social Workers
Dr. Elizabeth Clark, Executive Director

National Coalition of 100 Black Women
Dee Dee Strum, President

National Coalition on Black Civic Participation
Melanie Campbell, Executive Director

National Conference of Puerto Rican Women
Vivian Ortiz, National President

National Congress of Black Women
Dr. E. Faye Williams, National Chair

National Council of Negro Women
Dr. Avis Jones De-Weever, Executive Director

National Council of Women's Organization
Susan Scanlan, Chair

National Council of Jewish Women
Nancy K. Kaufman, CEO

National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas, Executive Director

National Organization for Women
Terry O'Neill, President

National Partnership for Women and Families
Debra L. Ness, President

National Womens Health Network
'Cindy Pearson, Executive Director

National Women's Law Center
Marcia Greenberger, Co-President

National Women's Political Caucus
Linda Young, President

Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Cecile Richards, President

Raising Women's Voices for the Health Care We Need
Cindy Pearson, Co-Founder

Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
Rev. Steve Clapp, Chair

RH Reality Check
Jodi Jacobson, Editor-in-Chief

She Should Run (WCF Foundation)
Siobhan 'Sam' Bennett, President/CEO

Silver Ribbon Campaign to Trust Women
Sophia Yen and Ellen Shaffer, Co-Founders

Loretta Ross, National Coordinator

Nita Chaudhary and Shaunna Thomas, Co-founders

Wider Opportunities for Women
Donna Addkison, President and CEO

Women Donors Network
Donna Hall, Executive Director

Women's Information Network
Carla Reed, Chair

Women's Research and Education Institute (WREI)
Susan Scanlan, Executive Director

Women's Voting Project, CCMC
Kathy Bonk, Executive Director

Gloria Lau, Interim CEO

Every feminist-male or female needs to get busy and mobilize.
Please share this information with everyone in your networks.

Originally posted to Denise Oliver Velez on Fri Mar 02, 2012 at 03:55 AM PST.

Also republished by LatinoKos, Black Kos community, Barriers and Bridges, America Latina, Moose On The Loose, J Town, and Pro Choice.

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