The Obama campaign seeks to galvanize the women's vote this summer with a series of "Women Vote 2012 Summits" in key swing states.
"These summits will allow women across the country a platform to hear directly from senior campaign officials and leaders about issues that are important to them and the different visions that President Obama and Mitt Romney have for women and their families," said the campaign in a statement to USA TODAY.
The first summit is July 1 in Denver, Colo., one of several states where the women's vote could be decisive.
The Obama campaign panel features Valerie Jarrett, a Democratic strategist appearing in a personal capacity; Kate Chapek, the national women's vote director for the campaign; and actress Eva Longoria.
The campaign is planning summits in other states that could decide the election. Among them: Pennsylvania (with an event in Philadelphia), Florida (Miami), and Nevada (Las Vegas).
Issues on the summit agendas will include paycheck fairness, health care (including birth control), abortion rights, and education.
Chapek, the women's vote director, said Obama "has proven he's a strong advocate for women and their families," and presents a contrast to Romney.
"Women will organize and vote for President Obama this November because they know that now more than ever, the progress we've made is at stake," Chapek said.
Polls give Obama an edge among female voters, who comprise more than half the electorate.
Romney and his aides have made the overall economy their major campaign theme, and say that Obama's stewardship hurts women as well as men.
The women voters summits are part of the Obama campaign's Operation Vote program, which works on turnout operations for what the campaign calls "our core demographic groups."
"These meetings will be interactive and an opportunity for women to discuss what's at stake for women this election," the campaign said.