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Date: October-19-04
Contact: duVergne Gaines or Susie Gilligan
Phone: (310) 556-2500

Women's Rights Leader Eleanor Smeal and TV Star Amy Brenneman (Judging Amy) Urge UWM Women Students to Register and VOTE as if Their Lives Depend On It

Media Advisory

For Immediate Release
October 13, 2004

What: Rally marking Wisconsin voter registration deadline in Get Out Her Vote campaign targeting young women sponsored by the UWM College Feminists, Womens Center, Womens Studies Department and Vox in alliance with the Feminist Majority Foundation.

Who: Eleanor Smeal, President, Feminist Majority Foundation and Amy Brenneman, star of televisions JUDGING AMY

When: Noon to 1 pm, Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Where: University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, Spaights Plaza

Why: Young women aged 18-24 are the least registered and voting among women in the country. Yet young women are deeply affected by key issues at stake in this election: reproductive rights, economic equality, civil and human rights, the environment. Because elections today frequently are won by small margins, the mobilization of young voters has the potential to change the political landscape in many states and the country as a whole. Unlike most of the country, students in Wisconsin can register until October 20th and can register and vote on Election Day, November 2nd at their polling location. With time running out to register, its vital that young women know they can register and vote at their address during the school year even if different from their parents address.

As President of the Feminist Majority Foundation, publisher of Ms. magazine and former President of the National Organization for Women (NOW), Eleanor Smeal has led efforts to win economic, political, and social equality for women. In 1980, Smeal discovered the gender gap and popularized its usage in election and polling analyses to enhance womens voting clout.

Amy Brenneman has received three Emmy Award nominations, three Golden Globe nominations and one Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Best Actress for her role in JUDGING AMY. As the lead actor and co-executive producer of the CBS drama JUDGING AMY, Brenneman created the popular television show based on the real-life experiences of her mother, a State of Connecticut Superior Court judge.

For pre-interviews with Eleanor Smeal and Amy Brenneman, please call duVergne Gaines or Susie Gilligan at 310.556.2500.