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14,000 Women Join California First Lady Maria Shriver for The Women's Conference 2007
Date:10/23/2007

ards is sponsored by Target Corporation for the fourth straight year.

"The 2007 Minerva Award winners have all served, each in their own way, on the frontlines of humanity. Each of these remarkable women recognized a problem or challenge, identified a solution, and pursued it with courage, perseverance and compassion," Shriver said.

A number of the conference's important legacy projects will be announced at The Women's Conference today. Erin Stein, Executive Director, and Jillian Manus, Chair, of The Women's Conference, will be joined on the main stage by Dr. Helene Gayle, President & CEO, CARE USA, and Peggy Northrop, Editor-in-Chief of More Magazine, to announce "WE Care," a program to help improve maternal health in the developing countries of Zambia and Nicaragua. Contributions to WE Care will be supplemented with additional donations made by thousands of California women at The Women's Conference. Every donation made on the day of the conference will be matched, dollar for dollar, with funding provided by CARE Global Ambassador, philanthropist and entrepreneur, Sheila C. Johnson.

Yesterday, Maria Shriver was joined by more than 300 volunteers to build a playground from start-to-finish in just one day at The New City School, a charter school in urban Long Beach. The playground, part of the conference's WE Build initiative, will provide a safe place for hundreds of children to play in the urban Long Beach community where no safe playgrounds or green spaces currently exist. BP, the largest sponsor of The Women's Conference for the past four years, is the exclusive corporate partner for WE Build. Logistical support for the playground project was provided by KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit organization that envisions a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America.

In partnership with BP, the conference's environmental legacy sponsor, The Women's Conference has taken important measures to promote environmental responsibi
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