News Conference Advisory – March 2012

Women to Mobilize for Health and Economic Rights – HERvotes
Thursday, March 1 – National Press Club – 9:15 am

Recent controversies surrounding reproductive health issues have sparked outrage and anger among women—and concerned men—across the country. From the halls of Congress in Washington DC, where a men-only panel testified on women’s health, to Richmond, Virginia where state legislators tried to adopt an extreme measure mandating intrusive transvaginal ultrasounds, millions of women are demanding their voices be heard.

On March 1, a coalition of more than 50 women’s organizations under the banner of HERvotes will announce an unprecedented effort to mobilize women voters on Health and Economic Rights—HERvotes—in 2012.  HERvotes groups are determined to ensure that women have access to quality health care; to protect the gains women have made in education, the workplace, health care and basic individual rights and to continue moving forward an equality agenda.

WHO:  A select and limited number of spokespeople from lead organizations including:  

Sarah Audelo, Senior Policy Manager, Advocates for Youth
Byllye Avery, Co-Founder, Raising Women’s Voices for Health Care;    
Avis Jones-DeWeever, Executive Director, National Council of Negro Women;
Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Co-Founder and CEO,;
Terry O’Neill, President, National Organization for Women;    
Lisa Maatz, Director, Public Policy and Government Relations, American Association of University Women;
Eleanor Smeal, President Feminist Majority Foundation;
Linda Young, President, National Women’s Political Caucus;  
    along with other representatives from HERvotes members.

WHERE:  First Amendment Lounge – National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC

WHEN:  9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Thursday, March 1, 2012

HERvotes will outline the 12 top issues of 2012 that affect women: what’s at stake, the threats and potential advances. Spokespeople will announce the details of national campaigns to mobilize women voters—online and on the ground– around these important issues.

For more information contacts: Lisa Goodnight at AAUW: 202.785.7738; Francesca Tarant at Feminist Majority: 703.522.2214 and Bettina Hager at National Women’s Political Caucus:
202.785-.1100 (w) or 973.876.3826 (c) or go to:

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