After reaching a last-minute agreement to raise the U.S. debt ceiling and avoid default, Congressional leaders now face an additional challenge: forming the debt "Super Committee".
When it comes to picking members of the "Super Committee" -- a group that will decide the future of many social programs relied upon by millions of Americans -- the Women's Media Center is urging Congressional leaders from both sides, Republican Speaker John Boehner, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, and Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, to appoint an equal number of men and women to this 12-person bipartisan committee.
It is imperative that women are at the table and that women's voices are heard in equal numbers to men's voices. The "Super Committee" will be tasked with making critical judgments that will likely affect social programs that women disproportionately depend on - like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.
Additionally, the Women's Media Center urges Boehner, Pelosi, McConnell, and Reid -- who will inevitably be the subjects of increased media attention as they compose the "Super Committee" - to grant interviews to press who are equally male and female. The media is the lifeblood of our democracy, and greatly affects public discourse.
The positions, priorities, and perspectives of women need to be heard.
Sign a letter to Boehner, Pelosi, McConnell, and Reid urging them to include women in the "Super Committee" and the crucial press interviews the House and Senate leadership engage in.