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Lifetime Television, ABC News "Good Morning America" and Dartmouth College will hold first Democratic Presidential Candidate Forum on issues critical to women on January 25

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Contact Laurel Stavis (603) 646-3661; For Lifetime: Gary Morgenstein, (212) 424-7162; For ABC News: Bridgette Maney, (212) 456-5902

Moderated by ABC News National Political Correspondent Claire Shipman
Event Launches Year-Long "Our Lifetime Commitment: Every Woman Counts" Public Advocacy Campaign

As part of Lifetime Television's ongoing mission to empower women and ensure their voices are heard in this presidential election year, the network is launching a comprehensive, national public advocacy campaign, Our Lifetime Commitment: Every Woman Counts.

The initiative kicks off Sunday, January 25, two days before the nation's first presidential primary in New Hampshire, with the Lifetime/ABC News "Good Morning America" Every Woman Counts 2004 Democratic Presidential Candidates Forum from Dartmouth College -- the first of the election year to focus exclusively on the issues most important to women.

Moderated by "Good Morning America's" Senior National Correspondent Claire Shipman, the hour-long presidential candidate forum features the Democratic Party candidates offering opinions and answering questions before an audience of national women's leaders, students and voters from across New Hampshire.

The nonpartisan Every Woman Counts continues throughout 2004 on-air, online and in communities across the country with a series of national polls, nationwide voter registration efforts, training for women considering running for elected office, and events at both the Republican and Democrat National Conventions.

"The women's vote will decide the next election, as it has since 1980," stated political psychologist Dr. Martha Burke. "Candidates have an opportunity in New Hampshire to showcase their views on the issues women care most about - violence, the pay gap, education, and economic security. Those who address women's concerns directly are likely to strike a chord."

"Through four consecutive presidential elections, Lifetime has worked to ensure that women's voices are heard and that the issues most important to them are addressed. Once again, we are proud to work with a wide range of non-partisan organizations and, this particular election season, with ABC News and Dartmouth College," said Meredith Wagner, Executive Vice President, Public Affairs and Corporate Communications.

Our Lifetime Commitment: Every Woman Counts is co-sponsored by LUNA(r) Nutrition Bars.

Poll

That weekend, Lifetime publishes its first poll looking at key concerns facing American women and how the candidates are addressing them. Throughout the year, subsequent polls will explore a wide range of timely issues significant to women, including an analysis on how those results might potentially effect voter trends in November.

Political Training

As a way of encouraging women to enter the political process as candidates for office, Every Woman Counts is partnering with the nonpartisan National Women's Political Caucus to conduct training sessions in communities across the country. In partnership with Loews Hotels, these all-day seminars cover various aspects of becoming a candidate and running a political campaign, from fundraising to polling.

Lifetimetv.com

As part of Every Woman Counts Lifetime utilizes both on-air/online components, featuring extensive on-air programming and online content to ensure that women are informed, to encourage them to register and vote and know that they can and do make a difference in the political process.

At the special dedicated Every Woman Counts 2004 site, women can register to vote in their respective states. The site also provides an online forum for expressing opinions on a variety of pressing subjects, along with profiles of the presidential candidates, their views on various issues and a video interview, created by the candidates, discussing issues important to women voters.

Partners

Resources for Our Lifetime Commitment: Every Woman Counts will be provided by a wide range of non-profit national organizations including: the Center for American Women in Politics; National Council of Women's Organizations; League of Women Voters; National Women's Political Caucus; The White House Project; Women's Campaign Fund; National Organization for Women (NOW); The Commission on Presidential Debates; the Center for the Advancement of Women; The Society for Women's Health Research; and others.

LIFETIME is the leader in women's television and one of the top-rated basic cable television networks. A diverse, multi-media company, LIFETIME is committed to offering the highest quality entertainment and information programming, and advocating a wide range of issues affecting women and their families. Launched in 1984, LIFETIME serves more than 87 million households nationwide. In 1998, LIFETIME launched Lifetime Movie Network, now in 41 million homes, and in 2001, Lifetime Real Women. LIFETIME Television, Lifetime Movie Network, Lifetime Real Women, and Lifetime Online are part of LIFETIME Entertainment Services, a 50/50 joint venture of The Hearst Corporation and The Walt Disney Company, as is Lifetime magazine, which debuted in April 2003.

Shelley Ross is the executive producer of ABC News "Good Morning America." The two-hour, live program, co-anchored by Charles Gibson and Diane Sawyer, airs Monday-Friday from 7:00 - 9:00 a.m., ET, on the ABC Television Network.

Dartmouth College, founded in 1769, is a private, coeducational Ivy League institution renowned for its commitment to undergraduate teaching and its distinctive research programs in medicine, engineering and business. It enrolls a diverse group of students from across the nation and around the world.

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