Don't know all that much about Debbie Wasserman Schultz, President Obama's choice for new chair of the Democratic National Committee? That ends now!
The 44-year-old, four-term congresswoman from Florida and mother of three is highly regarded as a rising star in the Democratic party, as well as a skilled fundraiser, organizer, and on-air surrogate. She's a great choice to lead the DNC because of her many competencies in Congress. And, the fact that she is a tireless champion for women only makes her selection all the more sweeter ...
Here are four reasons why the selection of Debbie Wasserman Schultz as the new DNC chair is such great news for women:
-She will be the first female DNC chair in 15 years and only the third in history. And, if you remember, the first two females to lead the DNC -- Jean Westword in 1972 and Debra DeLee in 1994-95 -- only served temporary stints. Therefore, this is a tremendous victory for women.
-She is a strong supporter of abortion rights and was strongly critical of the Stupak-Pitts Amendment in the Affordable Healthcare for America Act. Earlier this year, her outspokenness regarding the "forcible rape" language in the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act" played a large part in the GOP dropping it from the bill. (Obama's second choice, former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, has a mixed record on this issue.)
-She is a breast cancer survivor and extensively advocates for breast cancer screening, prevention, and education in health care reform.
-She will be one of few high-profile women to speak on television on behalf of the president and the Democratic party. And, given that women voters will be among the key constituencies in the 2012 presidential election, this will be a very significant role.
Congrats to Rep. Wasserman Schultz!
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