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Women's 'Economic Summit' Held in Augusta
10/01/2013 04:32 PM ET  

Those attending the summit, held today at the Augusta Civic Center, delved into issues related to women's economic security.

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Originally Aired: 10/1/2013 2:00 PM
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When women thrive, the economy thrives: That's a key idea behind the first Maine "Women's Summit on Economic Security " held today at the Augusta Civic Center.

The event was organized by the Maine Women's Policy Center. Executive Director Eliza Townsend says economic security touches all aspects of a women's life.

"It determines her health, her ability to escape a violent relationship, her ability to determine her own destiny, and it determines her children's propects as well," Townsend told attendees.

Townsend says it's fitting that the summit was held today, on the first day of a federal government shutdown, and the first day people can sign up for coverage on health care exchanges, a key component of President Obama's Affordable Care Act. She says that demonstrates why it's important for women to become involved in public issues, and speak up about their priorities.

They keynote speaker at the summit was Madeleine Kunin, former governor of Vermont and author of The New Feminist Agenda. To hear Kunin's speech, click the "Listen" button above.

A.J. Higgins contributed reporting to this story, which was written by Ed Morin.

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