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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Obama Commemorates Women’s Equality Day

Senator Obama issued a statement today honoring Women’s Equality Day and said:

“Beginning with a meeting in Seneca Falls, New York in 1848, women organized themselves and worked to secure the right to vote so they could make their voices heard through the ballot box. On this day in 1920, the 19th Amendment passed and women could no longer be denied that right. As we honor the heroic women who would not accept the world as it was, we are reminded that we can remake the world as it should be. That belief drives me today as I think about the kind of world I want for my daughters and future generations. Now, 88 years later, women are still fighting for change and I intend to lead that fight as President.

“With a struggling economy, a government that serves corporations instead of our middle class, there is so much at stake for women and families in this election. Women voters will decide this election and the direction of our country, and I encourage them to register to vote and exercise this hard fought victory by casting a ballot on November 4th.”

In Denver, Colorado, Michelle Obama marked the day by holding a roundtable discussion on the economy with the nation’s female governors – including Governors Sebelius, Napolitano and Gregoire -- and female delegates from across the country struggling to balance work and family and build good lives in a struggling economyThe campaign released the first Obama-Biden blueprint, “Strengthening Economic Security for Women and Families” which can be found at www.barackobama.com/women.

To commemorate Women’s Equality Day the Obama campaign will host hundreds of house parties nationwide in key battleground states. The campaign will also have a national phone bank with women who support Obama for president calling undecided women in battleground states to discuss the reasons they support Obama and the choice women face November 4th. In addition, there are other Women’s Equality Day activities in states all across the country and a women’s statewide canvass training on Wednesday, August 27th.

In 1971, Congress designated August 26, the anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920, as Women’s Equality Day. The Constitutional Amendment grants women full voting rights as a result of the Women’s Suffrage Movement that formally began in 1848 at the first Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York.
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