Today, on Women’s Equality Day, the National Organization for Women’s Political Action Committee (NOW) and the National Women’s Political Caucus announced their endorsements of former Ambassador and Senator Carol Moseley Braun for President of the United States. According to NOW President Kim Gandy, “After considering the positions and past records of all the candidates lined up to challenge George W. Bush, one candidate stood above the rest for her lifetime commitment to feminist ideals and her 25-year record fighting for the rights of women at the local, state, national and international levels.” She went on to say that Moseley Braun will serve “as an inspiration to women and girls of all ages who believe that a woman truly can become President of the United States.”
Moseley Braun will officially announce her candidacy for President on September 26. According to Moseley Braun, “Not only is women’s place in the House and Senate, it is in the White House, too.” Moseley Braun in 1992 made political history as the first African-American woman elected to the US Senate, where she drew national attention for speaking out against Sen. Jesse Helms (R-NC) over an emblem that included the Confederate flag. She lost her 1998 Senate race and was appointed by President Clinton to be Ambassador to New Zealand.
Other candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination include Sen. John Edwards (NC), Sen. John Kerry (MA), Sen. Joe Lieberman (CT), Rep. Dick Gephardt (MO), Rep. Dennis Kucinich (OH), Rev. Al Sharpton, and former Vermont Governor Howard Dean.