More Women: DNC Announces New Speakers
(CNN) — Nine additional Democratic women, many with ties to specific voting blocks, will address the national convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Democratic National Convention Committee said Wednesday.
The list includes Rep. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin; Georgetown student Sandra Fluke; Caroline Kennedy; Lilly Ledbetter; Eva Longoria, a co-chair of the Obama campaign; former Assistant Veterans Affairs Secretary Tammy Duckworth; Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland and Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund.
Sandra Fluke was targeted earlier this year by conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh after she advocated for a policy requiring employers to provide free contraceptive coverage.
The first statute signed into law by President Barack Obama, a fair pay act, was named after Lilly Ledbetter, the plaintiff in an employment discrimination case.
Wednesday’s announcement comes amid a renewed focus on the female vote following controversial comments made by Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin of Missouri.
The additions will join a growing list of high profile Democrats slated to speak at the convention that will take place during the week of September 3.
By Jessica Yellin and Gabriella Schwarz – CNN Chief White House Correspondent and CNN White House Producer