For Immediate Release
August 26, 2003
STATEMENT OF ROSELYN O'CONNELL,
PRESIDENT, NATIONAL WOMEN'S POLITICAL CAUCUS,
ON THE ENDORSEMENT OF CAROL MOSELEY BRAUN FOR PRESIDENT
Washington, DC - On August 17, 2003, the National Women's Political Caucus, for the first time in it's 32-year history, endorsed a presidential candidate, Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun. NWPC is very proud of Carol Moseley Braun's candidacy and campaign, and our decision to endorse her.
We believe Carol Moseley Braun through her experience as a state representative, Assistant U.S. Attorney, County Executive, U.S. Senator, and Ambassador is uniquely qualified to lead our nation by virtue of experience, work ethic and commitment to the principles of equality for all Americans.
Ambassador Braun's positions on the issues important to the National Women's Political Caucus are not only identical to NWPC's, but also Braun has a solid legislative record of fighting for the issues important to us. Including pay equity, reproductive choice, and access to childcare and elder care among many others. She has walked the walk as well as talked the talk.
Moreover, Carol Moseley Braun cared enough about NWPC's support to make her case directly to our convention delegates and Executive Board.
The mission of the National Women's Political Caucus is to win political equity for women at every level of government. We have worked for more than three decades to achieve that goal, and we look forward to President Carol Moseley Braun taking the "Men Only" sign off the doors to the White House.
We believe that only a non-traditional candidate like Carol Moseley
Braun can cut through the voter apathy and disconnect which has plagued
recent elections. We know through our own research and experience that
women voters more than any other voting group want candidates that speak
directly to their experiences and concerns. We believe that Carol
Moseley Braun fills that need across ethnic, economic, generational, and
We believe that her issues agenda is relevant to the young mother struggling to support a family on a minimum wage job, the college educated professional who has hit the glass ceiling, and to older women who find themselves displaced from both the workforce and from their homes.
Women voters want common sense answers. They are concerned about security and terrorism, and they want to feel safe in their own homes. They want to feel secure about sending their children to a public neighborhood school, they want to feel safe at work, and most importantly they want to feel that law enforcement cares about and will be effective at protecting them from domestic violence and sexual assault.
They need to know social security will be there for them when they retire, women rely much more heavily on social security than men. Carol Moseley Braun will not only give common sense answers to those problems in office, she will craft common sense solutions for them.
Both NWPC and NOW are grassroots organizations. Our strength comes from our members and local and state organizations. We, together, have the capacity to turn out thousands of volunteers for Carol Moseley Braun, who in turn can engage and persuade hundreds of thousands of voters. Women constitute the majority of registered voters in this nation, and we believe women voters of both parties can be energized and motivated to support Carol Moseley Braun for President.
The National Women's Political Caucus is a multicultural, intergenerational and multi-issue grassroots organization dedicated to increasing women's participation in the political process and creating a true women's political power base to achieve equality for all women. NWPC recruits, trains and supports pro-choice women candidates for elected and appointed offices at all levels of government regardless of party affiliation.