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equality can be lost at any time because those advances depend on legislation that can be (and has been) weakened or repealed by Congress.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.
Even though documentary film maker and Academy Award winner Michael Moore said after he finished his last film, Capitalism, A Love Story (2009), that he was through with making movies – he apparently didn’t mean it. And it is a good thing for us. Where to Invade Next, is the tongue-in-cheek title of this funny and ironic documentary which makes the case for empowering women and bringing back to the U.S. our original ideas which have helped Europeans flourish. The film opens nationwide on February 12.
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.
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.
No one should doubt what Donald Trump thinks about women. When he called for women to be prosecuted for having abortions, he meant it. Donald Trump isn’t playing the role of a tough-talking political outsider who refuses to be politically correct. Donald Trump is just another boorish, babbling bigot who disrespects women.Read more
A report on gender pay inequality by the Joint Economic Committee Democratic Staff, U.S. CongressRead more
The musical artist Kesha’s lawsuit against her producer, “Dr. Luke” Gottwald, reveals just how hard it is for women to prevail against their abusers in court. A New York judge has denied Kesha’s motion to release her from a recording contract that obligates her to work with a man she says repeatedly sexually, physically, verbally and emotionally abused her.Read more
On the Seventh Anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, NOW Calls for Congress to Take the Next Step
Seven years ago, President Obama signed into law his first piece of legislation. The Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act that undid the damage of a 2007 Supreme Court decision that made it nearly impossible for women to enforce the Equal Pay Act against employers who paid them less than their male counterparts.Read more
The selection of Harriet Tubman, Union spy, anti-slavery activist and leader of the Underground Railroad risking her life to escort slaves to freedom in Canada, for the face of the $20 bill was right on the money. The decision was announced by Treasury Secretary Jacob “Jack” Lew in April that Tubman would replace Andrew Jackson (known for his racist views and forced dislocation of Native Americans resulting in many deaths along the notorious Trail of Tears). Unfortunately, Jackson will remain on the back of the $20 bill, but some have pointed out that the Tubman-Jackson depiction on the same denomination will offer a “teachable moment.” We can support that. The twenty dollar bill is set for a re-design (including measures to foil counterfeiters) and issuance by 2030.
This packet includes ten fact sheets about federal legislation that is important to NOW because they would have a significant impact on women’s lives.
A 50-50 Planet – What could be more appropriate for celebrating International Women’s Day, March 8, than to join in the international effort advocating for selection of a woman as the next United Nation’s Secretary-General? The 2016 campaign theme for International Women’s Day is perfect: “Planet 50-50: Step It Up for Gender Equality.”
Woman on the $10 Bill – Mark your calendars, folks. In 2020, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States, a woman (gasp!) will be featured on the ten dollar bill.