Chellie Pingree won the Democratic nomination to fill the Congressional seat of Maine's 1st District on Tuesday. After running an exhaustive race against five competitors, Pingree captured the position with 44 percent of the vote, according to New England Cable News. Pingree's run was supported by the Feminist Majority PAC, Emily's List, National Women's Political Caucus, and the Women's Campaign Forum, among others.
Pingree, a strong feminist and a favorite among voters, built her experience working as a general member, and later as Majority Leader, of the Maine Senate and as president of the advocacy group, Common Cause. She has been a consistent supporter of reproductive health care, has spoken out against the Iraq war and took on the pharmaceutical industry while in the Maine Senate, guaranteeing Maine patients more affordable prescription drugs, reports EMILY’s List.
"I am looking forward to the next five months where we get to talk to the voters again," Pingree commented after her win, according to Politicker Maine.
Chellie Pingree will face Republican Charlie Summers of Scarborough in the upcoming months in a battle for the southern Maine Representative seat.
Media Resources: Bangor Daily News 6/11/08; New England Cable News 6/11/08; Politicker ME 6/10/08; EMILY’s List
11/25/2015 Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women.
First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity. . . .