Marjorie  Dannenfelser Tara Setmayer Keli Goff
Former Senator Blanche  Lambert Lincoln (D-AR) Patrice Onwuka Rina  Shah
Madeline  Albright Roslyn Brock Lilly Ledbetter
Melinda Gates Janet Jagan Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Gro Harlem Brundtland Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) Manal Omar
Ritu  Sharma Julie Gunlock Gov. Mary  Fallin (R-OK)
Donna  Brazile Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) Senator Elizabeth Dole
Carly Fiorina Avis A. Jones-DeWeever Jill Stein

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Eleanor "Ellie" Smeal

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Eleanor "Ellie" Smeal is the President of the Feminist Majority Foundation. For over 30 years, Smeal has been on the frontlines fighting for women's equality. She has been at the forefrom of almost every major women's rights victory--from the integration of Little League, Pregnancy Discrimination Act, Equal Credit Act, Civil Rights Restoration Act, Violence Against Women Act, and many more.

Smeal appears testifies before Congress on a wide variety of women's issues and speaks to diverse audiences nationwide on a broad range of feminist topics. For over two decades, she has played a leading role in both national and state campaigns to win women's rights legisltaion and in a number of landmark state and federal court cases for women's rights. Smeal is known as a political analyst, strategists, and grassroots organizer. She has played a pivotal role in defining the debate, developing the strategies, and charting the direction of the modern day women's movement.

Smeal is also the author of How and Why Women Will Elect the Next President which predicted that women's votes would be decisive in presidential politics.



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