The Feminist Majority PAC announced today its support of Sara Feigenholtz for Illinois’s 5th congressional district. She is running in a special election to fill the seat vacated by Rahm Emanuel, former Congressman and current Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama.
“The Feminist Majority PAC enthusiastically supports Sara Feigenholtz for Congress”, said Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority PAC. “Feigenholtz passionately supports women’s and family issues, and in her 14 years as a State Legislator she has proven her commitment and leadership on women’s rights. We need more representatives like Sara in Congress.”
State Representative Feigenholtz has served 7 terms in the Illinois House of Representatives. While there she has been a leader on health care expansion and reform and has fought to put the needs of women, families, and children first. She chairs the Human Services Appropriations Committee. Feigenholtz, along with then state-Senator Barack Obama, championed the passage of legislation to provide working families in Illinois with comprehensive, affordable health care, and she later passed All Kids, which provides every child in Illinois with health care coverage. She also fought to get insurance companies to cover birth control and annual mammograms and worked for the passage of the Illinois’ Equal Pay for Equal Work law.
“I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Feminist Majority PAC, a leading feminist organization that’s supporting my grassroots campaign,” said Feigenholtz. “They have a proven track record of electing progressive, women candidates to Congress and fighting for issues that impact women and families. I am happy to be joining them in the fight to ensure that human infrastructure dollars for health care, child care, and other critical needs that will create jobs and serve women and families are at the center the economic stimulus package before Congress.”
The Feminist Majority PAC was founded in 2002 to support Congressional candidates who will carry the banner of women’s rights. With the wide range of feminist issues that we support, our overarching focus is to elect feminists who will champion women’s issues in the halls of Congress.###