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LEIGH SALES, PRESENTER: Whoever wins the US election this week, Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, will largely owe their victory to the way women vote.

Donald Trump's task has become harder since the revelations he once referred to women as fat pigs, slobs and dogs.

If every female voter in the US voted for Hillary Clinton she would win every state.

She won't pull that off of course but she's doing everything she can to woo every female vote she can in these final days of the campaign.

Chief correspondent, Phil Williams reports from the US.

REPORTER: Secretary Clinton, have you seen Comey's new letter?

PHIL WILLIAMS, REPORTER: It was the news Hillary Clinton and her team desperately needed.

After the shock of the renewed FBI email investigation, a last-gasp reprieve - no case to answer, cleared of any wrongdoing.

JENNIFER PALMIERI, COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR, CLINTON CAMPAIGN: We have seen director Comey's latest letter to the Hill. He has confirmed the conclusions that he reached in July and we're glad that this matter is resolved.

DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Now, you have to understand it's a rigged system and she's protected.

PHIL WILLIAMS: In the vital swing state of North Carolina, supporters of Hillary Clinton are gathering in their thousands.

A nervous final push to put a woman in the most powerful position on earth.

(Music)

VOX POP: It's a voice that women have never had in the executive office and it's been missing for over 200 years in our country and I think it's time.

VOX POP 2: How many women have dreamed about for so long and I really never thought that it would happen in my lifetime.

HILLARY CLINTON, PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Now let me ask you this, how many of you have already voted?

(Cheering)

PHIL WILLIAMS: Whether you love her or hate her, you have got to admit Hillary Clinton has come a very long way just to be on this stage and so close to the presidency.

She's done it with hard work, she's done it with a lot of experience but she's also had the support of an extraordinary organisation that over the decades has had a simple premise - why shouldn't women be represented in all levels of society? All the way to the top.

(Extract from Emily's List advertisement)

SPEAKER: We have got to be able to level the playing field.

SPEAKER 2: There's so much more we can do together.

(End of extract)

PHIL WILLIAMS: It's called Emily's List. An organisation that over 30 years has raised hundreds of millions of dollars nurturing, educating and funding pro-choice Democrat women to enter politics.

From local elections to the highest office in the land and Hillary Clinton is their star protege.

(Extract from Emily's List advertisement)

SPEAKER: Now is the time.

SPEAKER 2: The voters in the United States are ready.

SPEAKER 3: Oh yeah, we're ready.

(End of extract)

DENISE FERIOZZI, EMILY'S LIST: We think she will make an amazing president and for Emily's List it really matters not only symbolically to have a woman break that highest glass ceiling, but also to show women and families around this country what is possible for their children and then really to make an impact on policy that matters to them.

PHIL WILLIAMS: In the North Carolina capital of Raleigh, Lamonique Hamilton-Barnes and Devon Roberts are leaving no doors unknocked in a last-minute pitch to convince undecides to decide and vote Clinton.

They both work for Lillian's List, the local equivalent of Emily's List.

DEVON ROBERTS: Parity hasn't been reached in North Carolina or across the country in terms of women in elected office and that needs to happen because it's 2016.

PHIL WILLIAMS: This election is not just going to decide the next president but thousands of local and state positions are up for grabs too.

Susan Evans is running for the North Carolina Senate and credits the Lillian's List for opening up the possibilities of politics.

SUSAN EVANS: Not only has this organisation has been very successful in recent years with the candidates that they have recruited and nurtured and been successful in their elections.

PHIL WILLIAMS: Both Emily's and Lillian’s lists are strongly pro-choice on abortion. It's a foundation issue for them and a highly charged point of difference between the aspiring presidents.

DONALD TRUMP: I am pro-life and I will be appointing pro-life judges.

HILLARY CLINTON: I strongly support Roe v Wade which guarantees a constitutional right to a woman to make the most intimate, most difficult in many cases decisions about her healthcare that one can imagine.

DONALD TRUMP: If you go with what Hillary is saying, in the 9th month you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother. And Hillary can say that's OK. But it's not OK with me.

PHIL WILLIAMS: Donald Trump had earlier caused uproar with this heated on air exchange.

CHRIS MATTHEWS: Do you believe in punishment for abortion, yes or no, as a principle?

DONALD TRUMP: The answer is that, there has to be some form of punishment.

CHRIS MATTHEWS: For the woman?

DONALD TRUMP: Yeah. There has to be some form.

CHRIS MATTHEWS: Ten cents? Ten years? What?

DONALD TRUMP: I don't know, that I don't know.

CHRIS MATTHEWS: Why not?

LENA DUNHAM: I'm voting for Hillary Clinton because she wants to make sure that as women we get to hold on to the rights that we've earned so we can make the choice about when we want to be mothers and how we want to be mothers.

PHIL WILLIAMS: One woman determined Donald Trump will not be taking up residence in the White House is Lena Dunham. A hugely popular star and creator of the hit TV show, Girls and it is mainly young women listening to her message at the University of North Carolina.

GROUP OF WOMEN: I will vote.

(Cheering)

PHIL WILLIAMS: What's it mean to sort of circulate with these people? You have got the star power, you're talking about politics?

LENA DUNHAM: I love to have the chance to just talk to young people and learn about what matters to them.

The fact is I'm 10 years older than all these people but have very recently been through some of the issues that they're experiencing.

DEBORAH ROSS: So I'm Deborah Ross and I'm gonna be your next United States senator.

PHIL WILLIAMS: Democratic Party Senate candidate, Deborah Ross is another graduate of the Emily's List support system.

DEBORAH ROSS: I just have to say, I've been more to 90 counties but it is so good to be home in Wake County tonight.

PHIL WILLIAMS: How important is it for a woman to be President?

DEBORAH ROSS: I think it's important for us to have a qualified president.

PHIL WILLIAMS: Come Wednesday, if Hillary Clinton is president-elect, politics aside, she will have already created history even before her acceptance speech.

(Extract from Emily's List advertisement)

SPEAKER: My mum told me that when she grew up no-one even thought there would be a woman president.

SPEAKER 2: Can you imagine? No woman president. They were all boys.

(End of extract)

PHIL WILLIAMS: And if she falls short, the people at Emily's List will be back working for an end to a 240 year long gender imbalance hoping for change before these girls are even old enough to vote.

(Extract from Emily's List advertisement)

SPEAKER: Because when women are heard, or when they lead, new ideas are born. Economies thrive and communities grow stronger. That's the American way. We don't give up and this is just the beginning.

(Cheering)

LEIGH SALES: Phil Williams reporting.