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Women at the DNC Will Not Be Just a Show

The Republican National Convention featured women and people of color in front of the cameras, but a quick look at the floor showed that most delegates were white and male. The August 14 Democratic National Convention, to be held in Los Angeles, promises to “reflect political reality,” says Women enews, by giving a prominent place to the women and people of color who hold leadership and clout in the party. For the first time in American history, the two co-chairs of the national convention will be women: California U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer. The opening night will include a tribute to women elected officials, including Hillary Rodham Clinton, Rep. Loretta Sanchez, co-chair of the Democratic National Committee, and Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, co-chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Many of the women scheduled to speak at the convention participated in FMF’s Feminist Expo 2000, including Rep. Maxine Waters (NY), co-chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, Senator Barbara Mikulski (MD), and Maryland Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend. NY Rep. Carolyn Maloney, co-chair of the House Committee on Women’s Issues, contrasted the upcoming DNC with the Republican convention in Philadelphia last week, saying the DNC’s commitment to women is not simply “rhetoric.”

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Women enews - August 7, 2000

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