Clinton rallies for women's support
Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., speaks at the EMILY's List luncheon in Washington, Tuesday, March 6, 2007. EMILY's List, an acronym for "Early Money is Like Yeast", is a political network that helps elect pro-choice Democratic women candidates to office. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Hillary Clinton (D) Senator, New York
Born: 10/26/1947
Birthplace: Chicago, IL
Home: Chappaqua, NY
Religion: Methodist
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New Hampshire House Majority Leader Mary Jane Wallner said she is throwing her support behind Sen. Hillary Clinton in the presidential primary race.

Wallner, a Concord representative, is one of a number of women leaders from across the country who have joined "Women for Hillary," a national initiative to mobilize female voters in support of Clinton. These announcements also coincided with a number of other events aimed at bringing attention to the power of the nation's largest voting bloc: women.

Wallner, who is serving her 14th term as a state representative, said endorsing Clinton is something she has been thinking about for a long time.

"Hillary's work in the past in the child defense fund and all types of children's issue is what brought me to (her)," she said. Wallner too has spent years focusing on child care and advocacy issues and hopes to use her connections in the field to introduce the senator to more New Hampshire women.

"I think I bring to the table ... probably more in the child advocacy world than I would bring as the majority leader," Wallner said. In the next 11 months, Wallner said she will do all she can to campaign for Clinton, hosting house parties and participating in campaign planning.

Clinton senior adviser Ann Lewis said bringing women together is the main purpose of the "Women for Hillary" initiative.

"We know that when women have something really important to discuss, they are likely to ask other women about it," she said. By recruiting women of local influence, the campaign hopes to "get out the word" about the senator.

The focus on women extended on Tuesday to Washington, D.C., where Clinton spoke about the increasing role of women in politics at a luncheon honoring U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The event was sponsored by the organization EMILY's list, which supports pro-choice candidates. The group formally announced Tuesday it will campaign for Clinton.

"I hope you'll join me on the campaign trail," Clinton said. "When we throw open the doors of opportunity and break those glass ceilings, then we give everyone in America a chance to be all that he or she can be."

Also on Tuesday, Clinton reintroduced the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation aimed at ensuring women are paid the same as men and posted a video on her Web site to explain and promote the bill.

Material from The Associated Press was used in this report.