On Wednesday, the Clinton campaign announced it had endorsement from 170 African-American women leaders, who are expected to rally support for the Democratic frontrunner with black voters for the February 27 South Carolina primary and March primaries. Among these women, actresses Shonda Rhimes and Angela Bassett, the mothers of Eric Garner and Trayvon Martin, as well as Democratic politicians such as Washington D.C. mayor Muriel Bowser and Reps Donna Edwards and Maxine Waters. According to the campaign, these women will be organizing events such as debate-watch parties, neighborhood meetings and women-only phone-banks. Moreover, they plan on going door-to-door to small businesses, to talk about Clinton’s ideas and policy proposals on issues such as closing the gender pay gap, protecting reproductive rights and supporting paid family leave and raising the minimum wage. “Hillary knows the reality of women earning less than men, confronting barriers to advancing in the workforce, and politicians interfering with a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions is even starker for African American women,” said LaDavia Drane, Director of African American Outreach for the Clinton campaign. “As president, she’ll implement the right policies to lift us up and move us forward. Hillary is a friend to the African American community and we’re excited that these respected women leaders will campaign for her in the weeks to come.”
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