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Historic Vote: Women's Treaty Passes Committee

With the steadfast leadership of Sen. Joseph Biden (D-DE), the committees current chair, and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), the committees sole female member, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this morning passed the Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), also known as the Womens Treaty, by a vote of 12-7. "I am optimistic that when CEDAW reaches the Senate floor before the elections, it will be ratified," said Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal. This historic vote marks the first time in 22 years that the treaty has made it out of committee in time for a vote by the full Senate. Supporters packed the room during the committee vote, with virtually no opposition visible. Supporters present included the Feminist Majority and its president, Eleanor Smeal; the National Council of Womens Organizations and its president, Martha Burk; the Business and Professional Women/USA and its CEO, Jane Smith; and the General Federation of Womens Clubs.

Take Action: Thank Senators on the Foreign Relations Committee who voted for CEDAW

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Background on the Womens Treaty

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Media Resources: Feminist Majority - 7/30/02