More women: DNC announces new speakers
Caroline Kennedy will be one of several women to address the Democratic National Convention.
August 22nd, 2012
06:00 AM ET
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More women: DNC announces new speakers

(CNN)– Nine additional Democratic women, many with ties to specific voting blocks, will address the national convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Democratic National Convention Committee said Wednesday.

The list includes Rep. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin; Georgetown student Sandra Fluke; Caroline Kennedy; Lilly Ledbetter; Eva Longoria, a co-chair of the Obama campaign; former Assistant Veterans Affairs Secretary Tammy Duckworth; Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland and Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

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Sandra Fluke was targeted earlier this year by conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh after she advocated for a policy requiring employers to provide free contraceptive coverage.

The first statute signed into law by President Barack Obama, a fair pay act, was named after Lilly Ledbetter, the plaintiff in an employment discrimination case.

Wednesday's announcement comes amid a renewed focus on the female vote and a concerted attempt by Team Obama to woo women voters away from the Republican Party.

The additions will join a growing list of high profile Democrats slated to speak at the convention that will take place during the week of September 3.

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. rrd

    This should be titled "More Pandering".

    August 22, 2012 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    Good news for women. Yes, on Obama12.
    PS: sorry I was out of the country, but feel good we are again respected in world.

    August 22, 2012 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  3. megamimi

    The Democratic party, that party of women, for women and by women has to go out its way to annonce women on its speaker roster, unlike the GOP, which has a plethora of well informed, well spoken and yes, attractive women speaking every day on its behalf.

    August 22, 2012 07:50 am at 7:50 am |