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October-23-00

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.

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