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MONDAY: Billboard Circles NBC News, CPD HQ in DC Urging 2016 Presidential Debate Moderators to Ask About Women’s Issues

UltraViolet Launches WomenAsk2016 Portal, Demands Answers from Candidates on Domestic Violence, Abortion Access

WASHINGTON - On Monday, September 19th, just one week before the first presidential debate between Secretary Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, a mobile billboard will circle NBC News’ DC office, as well as the Commission on Presidential Debate headquarters demanding that 2016 debate moderators ask questions on the major issues facing American women.

The mobile billboard, which was paid for by UltraViolet, a national women’s advocacy organization, and will read,“Tell the 2016 Debate Moderators: Cover Women’s Issues.

WHEN/WHERE: The mobile billboard will circle NBC News’ DC headquarters at 4000 Nebraska Ave NW from 10:00am - 12:00pm ET. The billboard will then travel to the Commission for Presidential Debate headquarters at 1200 New Hampshire Ave NW from 12:00pm to 3:00pm ET


Earlier this month, UltraViolet launched WomenAsk 2016, an online portal that encouraged voters to submit questions that they would want to hear from the debate moderators during the Presidential debates.   More than 45,000 votes were cast in the online forum, and the top questions that emerged included:

  1. As President, will you commit to keeping guns out of the hands of domestic abusers? (1,202 votes)

  2. Would you guarantee the right to have a safe and effective access to abortion and sexual health services to all women? (931 votes)

  3. Should politicians have the power to ask doctors to give medically accurate information regarding abortions to women? (726 votes)


“With the first female major party candidate in history, women’s issues and sexism have played a huge role in the presidential election so far this year. We simply cannot afford for Presidential debate moderators to continue ignoring the issues that are most important to American women,” explained Nita Chaudhary, co-founder of UltraViolet.  “From equal pay, to abortion access, to basic protections for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault - the media has consistently dropped the ball on issues important to women voters.  It’s time to stop ignoring these critical topics. The moderators of the 2016 presidential debates need to listen to women and ask the tough questions that matter to more than half of America’s electorate.”


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