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PRESS CALL ADVISORY: Protecting and Strengthening Voting Rights Is Vital to Advancing Women’s Progress

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Contact: Madeline Meth
Phone: 202.741.6277

Washington, D.C. — As we commemorate the March on Washington—the historic day that paved the way for the Voting Rights Act—Joy Lieberman who was personally impacted by voter suppression laws will join legal and policy experts on a press call to discuss the vital role that protecting voting rights plays in the work of advancing women’s social, political, and economic equality.

Fifty years ago, the March on Washington helped create the political will to pass the Voting Rights Act, which in turn led to the progress we have made on women’s health, economic security, and leadership and civic engagement. But today conservatives around the country are launching attacks against our voting rights, as well as waging a war on women. On Monday’s press call, health, economic, and legal experts will discuss how saving the Voting Rights Act and securing new, stronger protections against voter suppression is vitally important to improving the lives of women around the country. The call will take place on Women’s Equality Day, the day set aside to celebrate the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.


Jocelyn Frye, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

Featured speakers:
Joy Lieberman, Plaintiff in lawsuit filed by the Advancement Project challenging a Missouri photo ID ballot initiative
Barbara Arnwine, President & Executive Director, Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights under Law
Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President and CEO, Planned Parenthood
Judy Lichtman, Senior Advisor, National Partnership for Women & Families
Ann Marie Benitez, Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

Closing remarks:
Wade Henderson, President and CEO, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights


Monday, August 26, 2013
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.


888.329.8893; Conference ID # 7913377


Please confirm your participation in the call by contacting Madeline Meth at or 202.741.6277.


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