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UIS students to attend national March for Women’s Lives

April 13, 2004

SPRINGFIELD - A delegation of 14 students from the University of Illinois at Springfield will take part in the national March for Women’s Lives scheduled for Sunday, April 25, in Washington, DC.

The march is designed to demonstrate support for women’s rights to choice in such areas as reproductive rights -- including abortion and family planning -- self-determination, and privacy. Organizers include the American Civil Liberties Union, Black Women’s Health Imperative, Feminist Majority, Naral Pro-Choice America, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, National Organization for Women, and Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

UIS’ student delegation will accompany the local delegation sponsored by Planned Parenthood and will travel to Washington by bus, leaving Springfield on April 24 and returning two days later. The trip was underwritten through a number of sources: 11 students received combined funds from the UIS Inter Club Council Board and Women’s Center and a donation from a local physician; two others received scholarships from the ACLU; and one received a private scholarship from an area minister. Additional funds were provided through fundraising efforts of the Women’s Issues Caucus on campus.

T-shirts for the marchers were obtained from the Women’s Sewing Co-op, a unionized non-sweatshop source in Nicaragua, and signs the marchers will carry were donated by Illinois NOW.

The effort to bring all this together has been coordinated by Candi Clouse, a graduate student in the Individual Option program, who described how she became involved in the effort to send UIS students to the march:

“Ashley Harvey and I first learned about the March for Freedom of Choice (the original name) last June at the American Association of University Women’s annual conference for Women College Student Leaders. We decided that we would organize a UIS delegation even if it was just the two of us.

“When we returned to campus, Ashley and I started gathering information and learned that Planned Parenthood of Springfield Area was planning to take a bus of area pro-choice activists to the march. Over the past several months we’ve been spreading the word – mainly by word-of-mouth. It’s been exhausting at times, but it is so worthwhile and I am so thrilled to be the coordinator. I am also thrilled beyond words at the number of students going. At one point, Ashley and I did think that we would be the only ones.”

Clouse added that participating students are “a true representation of the UIS student community. It is so exciting to see such a diverse group of students represent UIS.”

Lynn Otterson, director of the Women’s Center at UIS, agreed. “I’m very pleased that our delegation is so diverse,” she said. “Ages range from first-year students to mothers and grandmothers. There are undergrads and grad students, traditional and non-traditional students, and even international students.”

For more information on the UIS student delegation, contact Clouse at 206-7459 or For more information on the March for Women’s Lives, go to

    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 40 degree programs – 20 bachelor’s, 19 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.