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Gloria Steinem campaigns for Illinois Gov. Quinn

CHICAGO (AP) -

Famed women's rights activist Gloria Steinem is throwing her support behind Gov. Pat Quinn and launching a "Women for Quinn" Coalition.

Steinem was scheduled to appear at Chicago's Allegro Hotel with Quinn and top Democratic female officeholders including Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon, U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.

Steinem said in a statement that she backs the Chicago Democrat because he supports abortion rights and equal pay for women. She said he fought for a law to end discrimination against pregnant women in the workplace.

Women are seen as a key voting bloc in the expectedly close governor's race between Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner.

While Rauner has repeatedly said he has "no social agenda," the Winnetka venture capitalist has criticized Quinn for budget decisions and economic policies which he says affect women.

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