Facing Palin, 6 Women's Groups Endorse Obama

NOW gives Dem its first nod since Ferraro
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 17, 2008 7:49 AM CDT
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., speaks to supporters at a rally in Golden, Colo., Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008.    (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)
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(Newser) – Six women's rights groups endorsed Barack Obama for president yesterday, asserting the historic selection of Sarah Palin does not make up for John McCain's lack of support on issues important to women. One of those groups was the National Organization for Women, which has not endorsed a presidential candidate since Walter Mondale ran with Geraldine Ferraro in 1984.

"We don't think it's much to break a glass ceiling for one woman and leave millions of women behind," said the chair of the Feminist Majority, one of the groups that is supporting Obama. A recent poll showed that the Illinois senator holds a 5-point lead over McCain among women—although he has fallen 13 points behind among white women. But feminists predicted women would rally to Obama once they know where Palin stands on the issues: "The die is not cast yet," said one.