The Feminist Majority attended a forum discussion yesterday with a coalition of women's rights leaders to announce their endorsement of former Virginia governor Tim Kaine for United States Senator. Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal was joined by Bonnie Grabenhofner, executive vice president of the National Organization for Women; Sheila Coates, Black Women United for Action*; and Susan Scanlan, Chair of the National Council of Women's Organizations*.
Smeal said in a press release, "This is one of the most important Senate races for women in 2012. There is a stark difference between Tim Kaine and George Allen on women's issues. Simply put, Kaine will support policies to increase women's health access, to win women's pay equity, to work for civil rights for all and to further early childhood education and expand educational opportunity, and to protect Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Allen will not."
The forum emphasized the achievements of Kaine, but also put forth his vision for Senate. Smeal noted the importance of Kaine's work as a former civil rights and fair housing attorney, as well as his commitment to expanding educational opportunities. Kaine pledges to support federal policies that 'treat all equally without regard to race, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation'. Moreover, Smeal emphasized that "Kaine recognizes that Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security are fundamental and he will fight to protect and strengthen them and oppose efforts to privatize Medicare and Social Security".
*Organizational Affiliation of Coates and Scanlan for Identification Purposes Only
Media Resources: Feminist Majority Press Release 10/16/12
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