Get Out Her Vote Campaign Hits Campuses Nationwide
Feminist Majority Foundation's Choices Campus Program Ignites Women's Vote
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Feminist Majority Foundation's (FMF) National Campus Program launches a non-partisan effort to increase voter turnout among women. FMF's Get Out HER Vote effort will ignite widespread participation among young women on college campuses in the upcoming elections. "Women's health care, abortion rights, women's rights, affirmative action and pay equity are all issues of great importance to young women and they are on line in the elections. We must get the message out that women's future independence and equality hang in the balance," said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation. "Women will determine the outcome of these elections," added Smeal.
Get Out HER Vote will kick off nationwide on campuses on Monday, October 23, 2000. Women's issues, such as reproductive rights, affirmative action, the gender gap, pay equity, and gay and lesbian rights, will be central to delivering young women to the polls on November 7th.
Trained FMF campus organizers will travel to new campuses each day from now through November 7th and staff at FMF's DC office will reach out to even more students nationwide. Organizers will recruit a team of Get Out HER Vote Deputies on each campus and conduct Get Out HER Vote Training Sessions to assist campus leaders in mobilizing women to get to vote on November 7th. Organizers will also distribute non-partisan voter education literature that emphasizes the potential of the women's vote and the vulnerability of women's rights during this crucial election period.
"Young women insist on making an impact in these elections. Our lives are at stake with the potential appointment of two to three Supreme Court Justices whose decisions will affect the rest of our lives," said Sarah Boonin, FMF's National Campus Program Director.
Get Out HER Vote Action Kits will be distributed nationwide and contain leaflets, stickers, and flyers, as well as effective strategies to deliver women to the polls. A Get Out HER Vote Hotline (866-444-3652) is in place to assist students in their efforts. More information on FMF's Get Out HER Vote campaign can be found on the Web at www.feministcampus.org.
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .