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Date: April-25-04
Contact: Jeanne K.C. Clark
Phone: 412-736-6092


Women's Rights and Womens Lives Are Non-Negotiable
FM Staff Key to March Success

Arlington, VA The Feminist Majority and its sister organization Feminist Majority Foundation, one of the seven core organizers of today's historic March for Women's Lives in Washington DC, led one of the event's largest delegations and provided key organizing expertise to the March. The Feminist Majority delegation included thousands of students and faculty from its nationwide network of pro-choice campus groups, writers and editors of Ms. Magazine as well as Feminist Majority co-founder and chair Peg Yorkin, Feminist Majority board members Lorraine Sheinberg, Carol Ann Lief, Ina Coleman and Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farmworkers of America and Elaine Lafferty, Editor in Chief of Ms. Magazine, which is owned by the Feminist Majority Foundation.

"This historic march is sending an unmistakable message: women's rights and womens lives are non-negotiable," stated Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority. "We are building an expanded and inclusive movement that will make women's reproductive rights just like social security a third rail of politics."
Katherine Spillar, Feminist Majority Executive Vice President and a member of the March steering committee, who led the 1992 March count team, developed this year's staggering logistics to record the name, address and phone number of the hundreds of thousands of marchers. "We are laying the foundation for a massive voter registration drive. The Feminist Majority is recruiting and training voter registration campus captains nationwide for after the March. We are not only sounding the alarm, but we are also activating students to take power."

The Feminist Majority, which has long been a leader organizing U.S. women's rights activists to take action to help women globally, was joined by women from Europe, Asia and the Mid-East. Earlier this week, the Feminist Majority published a Global Scorecard on Women's Issues, grading the Bush Administrations performance on reproductive health.

The Feminist Majority delegation was also filled by representatives of the 643 independent women's health centers one-half of the nations abortion providers for whom the Feminist Majority provides security advice and coordination through its National Clinic Access Project.

The Feminist Majority's celebrity delegation was organized by actors Amy Brenneman and Camryn Manheim, which led to an outpouring of support from actors and artists. Actors LisaGay Hamilton and Kathy Najimy and musicians Melissa Etheridge and Sheryl Crow taped radio advertisements and public service announcements used to promote the March and women's reproductive rights.

The Director of the March for Women's Lives is Alice Cohan, Feminist Majority's Director of National Programs and former Political Director of NOW. Cohan, who was the director of the 1986, 1989 and 1992 reproductive rights marches, has also played a key role in the national capital marches for the Equal Rights Amendment and gay and lesbian rights for nearly 30 years.

Margaret Moore, Director of the Feminist Majority Foundation's Center for Women and Policing coordinated March security. Moore has extensive policing credentials and was the highest ranking woman ever to serve in the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms. Beth Jordan, M.D., medical director of the Feminist Majority Foundation, was responsible for the emergency medical facilities on the Mall. Jordan, formerly of the Mayo Clinic, is an internist and Women's Health Specialist. She directs the Feminist Majority Foundation's Mifepristone and Womens Health Campaign.

Smeal, first through her leadership in the National Organization for Women (NOW) and now through the Feminist Majority, has helped organize every major women's rights march in the nations capital, starting with the first-ever national abortion rights march, held at the Vatican Embassy on M