NOW condemns the racism that inflicts a double burden of race and sex discrimination on women of color. Seeing human rights as indivisible, we are committed to identifying and fighting against those barriers to equality and justice that are imposed by racism. A leader in the struggle for civil rights since its inception in 1966, NOW is committed to diversifying our movement, and we continue to fight for equal opportunities for women of color in all areas including employment, education and reproductive rights. NOW’s Combatting Racism Committee is working to encourage growth at all levels within NOW of multiracial task forces to combat racism.
The 2014 National NOW Conference, “Faces of Feminism: Strength in Diversity” will be held from June 27-29 in Albuquerque New Mexico at the Hyatt Regency. This is an opportunity for us to gather and tackle the critical issues on NOW’s agenda and shape the future of women’s rights.
It’s unconscionable that a woman who stands her ground against an abusive ex-husband could get 20 years in prison – never mind 60! Marissa Alexander was given a 20 year sentence for firing a non-lethal warning shot at her ex-husband, moments after he c… Read more »
Urge your representative to support comprehensive immigration reform that respects women’s rights and ensures women are treated humanely and fairly.
TAKE ACTION — Please urge your senators and representatives to take leadership in getting minimum-wage bills out of committee and to a successful floor vote!
According to an American University study, 63 percent of girls have never even thought about running for political office. I can’t help but think that if high school history texts featured Shirley Chisholm’s story a little more prominently, the number of girls who have thought about running for office would be a lot higher.
Women disproportionately work in low-wage sectors, live on minimum-wage salaries and, thanks to working a lifetime at unequal pay, are significantly more likely than men to outlive their savings.
Women represent nearly two-thirds of minimum wage workers and a woman working full time, year round at the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour earns just $14,500 — nearly $4,000 below the poverty line for a family of three.
In many cases immigrant women are more hesitant to report incidents of harassment because the perpetrator holds a position of power and may threaten to fire them or call immigration if they seek help. Undocumented women in abusive relationships often face similar barriers to reporting acts of violence. A partner may discourage the woman from leaving the relationship using the threat of deportation or separation from their children.
National and Florida NOW Call for Resignation of Florida State Attorney Angela Corey: Corey Seeking 60-year Sentence for Marissa Alexander
The Office of State Attorney Angela Corey will seek to put Marissa Alexander in prison for 60 years if she is convicted for a second time. Alexander was previously sentenced to 20 years for firing a warning shot at her abusive husband in Jacksonville,… Read more »Read more
NOW Comments on President Obama’s State of the Union Address: A Step in the Right Direction, But We Can Do More
In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama called on Congress to take steps to reduce income inequality. NOW could not agree more. If, as the president has said, American workers feel that the deck is stacked against them, for women, the cards are marked.Read more
NOW activists have added their voices to the groundswell demanding that the Department of Justice investigate George Zimmerman for violating the civil rights of Trayvon Martin. We will continue in our common struggle for equality and justice for all people.Read more
NOW will continue to work with our allies to legislatively overrule Vance and Nassar to correct what Justice Ginsburg called ‘this court’s wayward interpretations of Title VII.’ We will also continue to fight for policies that foster racial diversity in higher education — without which communities of color will continue to face unjust barriers in employment and beyond.Read more
Immigration is a feminist issue. Women and their children comprise approximately three-quarters of people migrating to the United States each year. Seventy percent of immigrant women attain legal status through a family-based visa, but the backlog is so severe that about four million people are currently waiting to be reunited with their families — some have already waited decades. Moreover, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender immigrants are not allowed to sponsor their partners or children for residency despite raising children and owning homes together.
Information from various sources on the necessity of Social Security and Medicare for women.
On behalf of the National Organization for Women, its members, supporters, and chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, I am writing to urge you to take decisive action regarding the homicide of Renisha McBride.
The National Organization for Women (NOW) has long fought for the rights of women throughout the United States, seeking justice for those that have been victimized or discriminated against. We believe that both of these situations have occurred in the Marissa Alexander case.