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July 18, 2008


Dear Friends,

We learned valuable lessons from this historic primary season - and we won't let anyone forget the progress we made or the distance we must still travel. 

Last week we asked our members to tell us the issue you think needs to be addressed most urgently. With a whopping 51% of the vote, you chose "sexism in the media" as our first campaign. For some, memories of so many egregious statements are still vivid.  For others, recent images conjured up by so-called journalists have fired them up.  And for all of us, the silence that followed these attacks was perhaps the most disturbing. Whatever the reason, now the real work begins.  

To make sure the issue is addressed, we need your help to hold Party leaders accountable by calling for new language in the Platform ( that addresses sexism in the media. 

After reading the 2004 Democratic National Platform, it's no wonder Party leaders stayed silent when the mainstream media engaged in gender bias. In a grand total of 39 pages, we could barely find any mention of gender equality. The Democratic Party can do better than that. It must do better than that.

What do you think should be included about gender bias and sexism in the media?  Don't get angry - get motivated!  We need your input as we develop new language for the Party platform.  

(1) Check out the 2004 Democratic National Platform for yourself:

(2) Send us your ideas about how it should be changed to show that the Party will no longer tolerate this behavior: 

WomenCount will draft new language on this critical issue and then begin the campaign for it to be included in the 2008 platform.  We will wage this battle in the Platform drafting process, at both party conventions, during the debates, on the candidate web sites, and in the media. Let's make sure this never happens again!

We can't do this without you.

Stacy Mason, Rosemary Camposano, Jehmu Greene and the WomenCount team

WomenCount PAC was created to ensure that the 51 percent of American citizens who are women  have their values and votes counted in the political process. So far in the 2008 election cycle, WomenCount has run a series of ads related to the presidential campaign and made contributions to several women candidates for Congress.

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