Magazine article National NOW Times

NOW Targets Senate for Emergency Campaign to Save the Supreme Court

Magazine article National NOW Times

NOW Targets Senate for Emergency Campaign to Save the Supreme Court

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For many reasons, this was an election that will go down in history. No matter what the ultimate resolution of the presidential election, women voters turned the pundits' predictions inside out. Women voters defeated incumbents, increased the number of women governors and senators, and brought new feminists to the House of Representatives.

Progress in the Balance

As this paper goes to press, the U.S. is awaiting the third count-this time by hand-of a portion of the votes in South Florida, as well as the results of the overseas absentee ballots, to learn who will be president. Feminists are also on edge waiting to see if NOW member Elaine Bloom, whose congressional district includes part of Palm Beach County, Fla., succeeded in taking out the incumbent chair of the House Social Security subcommittee, E. Clay Shaw.

"As we know, the outcome, and who sits in the oval office, can have a dramatic effect on all the progress we have made," says Ireland. "Not the least of the threats comes from expected changes on the U.S. Supreme Court, a court that even now cannot be counted to stand with us on women's rights and civil rights."

But Ireland also points out that no matter who nominates Supreme Court justices and other members of the federal judiciary, the Senate will have the last word by confirming or rejecting nominees.

The Senate is already improved with the election of strong candidates like Hillary Clinton, Debbie Stabenow and John Corzine. But as long .as Majority Leader Lott reigns, the Senate will still be hostile toward women's rights and any Supreme Court appointees who are not political conservatives. …

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