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History of Feminist Majority Foundation

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Co-sponsored by over 299 organizations, the Feminist Majority Foundation's first National Feminist Exposition draws 3,000 participants from every sector of the feminist movement to Washington, D.C. in a blizzard for a three-day event that displayed the strength and diversity of the feminist movement and envisioned a feminist future for the 21st century. The Exhibit Hall (entrance left) features 100 exhibitors and four super-booths: Organizing for Women Online - Worldwide, Winning Equality for Women & Girls in Sport, Feminist Career Center, National Voter Registration Center, and Designing for Equality: Visualizing a Feminist Future.

The almost 300 Expo '96 speakers included: Senator Carol Moseley-Braun, Gloria Steinem, Prema Mathai-Davis of the YWCA, former Congresswoman Bella Abzug, Marcia Ann Gillespie of Ms. Magazine, Dolores Huerta of the United Farm Workers, Patricia Ireland of the National Organization for Women, Robin Morgan of the Sisterhood is Global Institute, mystery authors Sandra Scoppettone, Annette Meyers, Joan Hess, Marilyn Wallace, Carolyn Heilbrun (aka Amanda Cross), and Marylouise Oates, and many others

Building on Expo '96, Feminist Majority Foundation Online incorporates new sections: Feminist Budget Center, Voter Registration Center, and Affirmative Action Center.

Feminist Majority Foundation coordinates testimony from women's organizations and health associations for Food and Drug Administration advisory committee hearing on the safety and efficacy of mifepristone (formerly known as RU 486). The Advisory Committee recommends approval of mifepristone. Two months later the FDA rates mifepristone "approvable," which is the next step in the approval process.

The Feminist Majority Foundation joins other pro-choice organizations in forming the Pro-Choice Public Education Project (PEP) to increase pro-choice public awareness on the abortion issue

NEW INITIATIVE -- The Feminist Majority Foundation, along with the Feminist Majority, is one of the largest single contributors to the fight to save affirmative action for women and minorities in California. The Foundation is at the forefront of the effort to defeat the anti-affirmative action initiative in California, Proposition 209. FMF's Freedom Summer '96 and Fall '96 student organizing drives bring hundreds of students from across the nation to California to help defeat Proposition 209. Spearheading the Stop Prop 209 campaign, FMF arranges a statewide Freedom Bus Tour. The Campaign airs radio ads featuring Candace Bergen, Ellen DeGenres, Alfre Woodard, and Dolores Huerta. The Campaign holds Los Angeles rally featuring Bruce Springsteen, Ani DiFranco, and Jesse Jackson.

A redesigned and expanded Feminist Online Store opens on Feminist Majority Foundation Online in time for the holiday season.

The National Clinic Defense Project, led by Project Director Alice Cohan and Senior Organizer Susie Gilligan, defends clinics in San Diego, CA and Chicago, IL during the Republican and Democratic conventions, respectively.

Feminist Majority Foundation Online Homepage is redesigned. Feminist Majority Foundation Online, with its new look, wins plethora of awards for site content, design and interactivity, including Net Guide's Platinum Award, PC Magazine's Top 100 for July, and the Access.Point Non-Profits Online Gold Award for Best Non-Profit Web Site.