The Democratic Convention...and a Front Seat to Women's Issues

09/24/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Marcia G. Yerman Writer on women's issues, human rights, environment and culture

As delegates, politicos, and the media descend on Denver, the rest of the country will be watching the Convention story unfold via television, computer, newspapers, and the Internet.

With events planned rivaling the scope of the Olympics, there promises to be a plethora
of panels, screenings, and "conversations" to complement the action going on center stage.

Hillary Clinton didn't clinch the nomination, yet her impact on the process has been
indisputable. There is a great deal for women to celebrate. This year (August 26th) commemorates the 88th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the
U.S. Constitution, which gave women the right to vote.

With an eye to underscoring this important milestone, in positions of high visibility,
there will be a line-up of elected officials such as Nancy Pelosi, Janet Napolitano,
Claire McCaskill, and Kathleen Sebelius. Representatives of major women's activist
organizations including
The Ms. Foundation
, The White House Project, National Organization of Women, and
Center for the Advancement of Women, will be present and advocating for women's concerns.

I will be following a full slate of the proceedings, and significant news -- such as the
reinsertion of support for the Equal Rights Amendment into the Democratic Platform.

Follow me on Twitter for short updates and on HuffPost for in-depth posts. Something in the "womenosphere" at the convention that you have questions on? E-mail me (, and I will check it out.

Here's to Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Alice Paul...and all the other
women that got the ball rolling.