Equality in pay, job opportunities, political structure, social security and education will remain an elusive dream without a guarantee of equality in the U.S. Constitution. The progress we have made — and must continue to make — towards women’s equality can be lost at any time because those advances depend on legislation that can be (and has been) weakened or repealed by Congress. Although we did not succeed in ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment, winning a constitutional guarantee of equality for women remains one of NOW’s top priorities.
Your vote is your voice – and every voice matters. Pledge to vote on November 4!
Voting restrictions aimed at communities of color disproportionately impact women in those communities. A democracy can’t function this way. Your governor needs to hear from you today!
It’s an embarrassment. The United States stands nearly alone — joined only by Iran, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and the Pacific Island nations of Palau and Tonga — in failing to ratify CEDAW, the international women’s rights treaty.
We won’t stand for sexists like Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia interpreting women’s rights as unprotected in the U.S.
By Aurea Bolaños Perea, President’s Assistant Intern (source: www.sdgln.com) Transgender: an umbrella term for people whose gender identity and/or gender expression differs from what is typically associated with the sex they were assigned at bir… Read more »
2014 has been a busy year for NOW! Our grassroots activists have been hard at work, refusing to stay silent as conservatives attempt to deny women their rights. From Alaska to Louisiana, New York to Texas, Rhode Island to Missouri, activists across t… Read more »
2014 has been a rough year for women and feminists, to say the least. Between the Hobby Lobby decision and the results of the 2014 mid-term elections it is easy to feel discouraged. As the year wraps up, let’s look back on the good and the bad of the… Read more »
The National Organization of Women was founded as a grassroots activist organization to affect change on a city, state, and national level. In the year 2014, nearly 50 years since its founding, NOW is still committed to highlighting the strong local chapters across the country that persist in grassroots efforts to create political change.
Patti Singer writes for USA Today: “‘The one thing I thought of was the Anita Hill hearings,’ O’Neill said. ‘Guess what happened after those hearings. We ended up with the most women in the United States Congress that we ever had. I think that needs to happen again.’”Read more
Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo counties) introduced H.J. Res. 51, a joint resolution that will remove the deadline and allow for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment by three more states. Her press release includes a quote from NOW President, Terry O’Neill.Read more
Samantha Lachman writes for The Huffington Post: “The fate of a bill calling for Virginia to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution remains in flux after the state Senate’s Republican leadership undid a successful vote on the matter Tuesday in retribution for Democratic action on an unrelated bill.”Read more
The latest statement from the National Organization for Women regarding the 2014 Congressional election results.Read more
The language of the 1972 Equal Rights Amendment as ratified by 35 states: Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article. Section 3. This article shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.
Those advocating for the bill are only concerned with protecting hateful and intolerant religious zealots and completely unconcerned with how this potential discrimination will infringe on the rights of other people, namely the LGBTQIA community, children, domestic violence victims and others.
A timeline history of the ERA’s history and NOW’s activism on the issue.
In the U.S. and around the globe, women continue to be targets of sexual and domestic violence. Women are discriminated against in the workplace, and disproportionately suffer from poverty, less access to health care, less access to a livable wage, and barriers to higher education.