DNCC - The 2008 Convention: DNCC and Obama Campaign Announce Women's Caucus Speakers

Caucus Will Celebrate Women Who Made History and Those Who Are Shaping History

DENVER – The Democratic National Convention Committee and the Obama For America campaign announced today the speakers for the Women’s Caucus meeting during the Democratic National Convention next week.

As we mark Women’s Equality Day, the anniversary of women’s suffrage in the U.S. and 88 years after American women gained the right to vote, women’s voices are as powerful as ever in our history. Ultimately women will decide this election. Senator Obama understands this and will continue to promote policies and an agenda that women care about.

“Women play such an important role in our democracy, in our families and in our communities. We are honored that so many women who play important leadership roles in this country, who broke down barriers and shattered that glass ceiling, will be convening in Denver this week.  During this Convention we celebrate not only the anniversary of women’s suffrage, but the contributions and sacrifices they’ve made on behalf of our country,” said Senator Barack Obama.  “As we continue on to November, women will cast the deciding vote in this election. As a father, I am grateful to our women leaders for opening doors for my own daughters and future generations; and as President, I will continue to stand with women to ensure that their voices are heard in Washington and beyond.”

“We are thrilled to have such prominent and accomplished women participate in this year’s Women’s Caucus, entitled ‘Women: Making and Shaping History,’” said Mame Reiley, Chair of the DNC Women’s Caucus.  “This diverse list of women, each at the top of their respective fields, represents the breadth of excitement Barack Obama and this year’s Convention are creating.”

Please find below the list of speakers for the caucus meetings next week:

Democratic National Convention
Women’s Caucus
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
9:45 am – 12:00 pm MT

Music by Rissi Palmer
Welcome by Mame Reiley, Chair

Donna Brazile, Political Commentator and Columnist
Rosario Dawson, Actress & Activist
Fran Drescher, Actress & Activist
Tammy Duckworth, 2006 Candidate for Congress (IL)
Sheila C. Johnson, Founder of BET
Ellen Malcolm, President of EMILY’s List
Betsy Markey, Candidate for Congress (CO – 4th)
Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood
Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL)
Senator Debbie Stabenow (MI)
Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (MA)
Andrea Wong, CEO of Lifetime Television

Introductions by DNC Officials:
Alice Germond, Secretary of the DNC
Lottie Shackelford, Vice-Chair
Carol Pensky, Co-Chair of the Women’s Leadership Forum
Susan Turnbull, Vice-Chair
Barbara Easterling, Women’s Caucus

Democratic National Convention
Women’s Caucus
Thursday, August 28, 2008
10:00 am – 12:00 pm MT

Welcome by Mame Reiley, Chair

Senator Barbara Boxer (CA)
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT)
Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand (NY)
Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor, Obama for America
Senator Amy Klobuchar (MN)
Former Governor Madeleine Kunin (VT)
Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY)
Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA)
Lilly Ledbetter
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC)
Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL)
Dana Singiser, Senior Advisor for the Women’s Vote, Obama for America
Meredith Wagner, Public Affairs, Lifetime Television

Introductions by DNC Officials:
Mame Reiley, Chair of the Women’s Caucus
Cynthia Friedman, Co-Chair of the Women’s Leadership Forum
Linda Chavez-Thompson, Vice Chair
Ramona Martinez, Chair of the Hispanic Caucus
Sharon Grosfeld, Executive Director of the Women’s Leadership Forum