Dandekar gets NOW PAC endorsement in Iowa’s 1st District

Dandekar is one of three women in a five-way race

James Q. Lynch
Published: March 28 2014 | 3:09 pm - Updated: 1 April 2014 | 10:17 am in

Swati Dandekar, one of three women in a five-way race for the Democratic nomination in Iowa’s U.S. House 1st District, has been endorsed by the National Organization for Women’s Political Action Committee.

NOW is the largest feminist organization in the nation. The NOW PAC solely endorses candidates who take “uncompromising stands” on feminist and civil rights issues. For NOW, that’s ending all forms of violence against women, civil rights for all people with emphasis on LGBTQ and racial justice, a woman’s right to choose and economic justice for women and people of color.

“I have fought my entire life for women's equality, and NOW’s mission has always been at the heart of my public service,” said Dandekar, who served in the Iowa Legislature and as member of the Iowa Utilities Board.

She promised to never stop fighting to protect a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions, for equal pay for equal work and marriage equality.

“The fight for women’s rights is far from over, but together we will accelerate that momentum,” Dandekar said.

For Dandekar, who immigrated to the United States from India more than 30 years ago, that fight is international

“I will continue to use my voice as the first Indian American woman elected to United States Congress to work to end violence and discrimination against women worldwide,” Dandekar said.

NOW PAC relies heavily on personal recommendations from state and local NOW chapters in order to ensure familiarity and transparency with a candidate’s records and positions.

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