Gloria Steinem, long-time activist and institutional leader in the women’s rights movement, announced her endorsement of Marie Newman in her bid to represent Illinois’ 3rd District. Steinem is joined by leading women’s rights groups Feminist Majority and the American Women’s Party in supporting Newman’s campaign.
“We need effective, principled fighters who can put an end to this president’s unilateral actions by stopping them in Congress – and that’s what Marie Newman will do,” said Gloria Steinem. “It’s what she stands for. She is unafraid of doing what’s right, even in this time when it isn’t easy. Too many times, Dan Lipinski has voted to deprive citizens of healthcare, to oppose immigrant’s rights, to de-fund Planned Parenthood, to suppress contraception, to oppose marriage equality, and to deny the rights of LGBTQ Americans. He is not a Democrat or even a supporter of human rights.”
“The Feminist Majority is proud to endorse Marie Newman to represent the 3rd District of Illinois in the United States House of Representatives,” said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority. “Newman will fight to protect, improve and expand access to healthcare for all people, including defending women’s health clinics and a woman’s right to make her own reproductive health decisions. From gun safety, to protecting the environment, to advocating for paid family leave, Marie Newman is the feminist choice and will be a strong voice for Illinois in the United States House of Representatives.”
“The American Women’s Party enthusiastically endorses Marie Newman based on her strong platform supporting a women’s right to bodily autonomy, LGBTQ rights, healthcare expansion, and gun sense laws,” said Mia Brett, co-founder of the American Women’s Party. “Newman is challenging anti-choice candidate Dan Lipinski for the Illinois 3rd congressional district seat. Dan Lipinski has consistently voted against women’s rights and opposed LGBTQ rights in the name of ‘religious liberty.’”
“We can no longer accept Democratic candidates who sideline or oppose the rights of women and LGBTQ people,” said Maya Contreras, co-founder of The American Women’s Party. “The American Women’s Party is committed to endorsing strong candidates like Newman who will fight for the rights of women and marginalized groups.”
“I could not be more honored to receive the endorsement from Gloria Steinem – a true American icon – along with these powerful groups who fight every day for our basic human rights,” said Marie Newman. “I look forward to working alongside them from the halls of Congress to continue to build on their groundbreaking work for women and families across Illinois.”
Newman, who has already gained support from NARAL Pro-Choice America and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, has proven that she will fight to ensure the reproductive freedom and Constitutional rights guaranteed by Roe v. Wade for all Illinoisans.
Marie Newman is a former small business owner, marketing professional, and anti-bullying advocate running as a Democrat for Congress in Illinois’ 3rd district. With a background in nonprofit advocacy, marketing, and small business, Newman is running to bring true Democratic values back to the third.
The unprecedented primary challenge to Lipinski is coming at a terrible time for the incumbent as the #MeToo movement sweeps the country threatening to formulate the second coming of the “Year of The Woman”.
Lipinski has served as the Congressman since 2005 after being appointed by Democratic Committeemen to succeed his father Bill Lipinski who had run for re-nomination in 2004 in the Democratic primary and stepped aside prior to the general election preventing any other Democrat from securing the nomination.
Instead, Bill Lipinski persuaded the state Democratic Party to select his son to replace him on the ballot even though the younger Lipinski not lived regularly in Illinois since 1989 and never run for elected office before. The political trickery allowed him to sidestep the Democratic primary, which was and is still considered the only real contest in this heavily Democratic district. Lipinski defeated his Republican challenger, Ryan Chlada, in the 2004 general election and was sworn into office in January of 2005 where he has served for the past 12 years.