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NOW Condemns Grand Jury’s Failure to Indict Police Officer Darren Wilson, Calls for Action to End Racial Injustice Against Women and Men of Color

NOW deplores the fact that our justice system has utterly failed Michael Brown’s family and community. Even worse is the spectacle of the authorities’ militarized response to peaceful demonstrations, a response that is all too similar to the inhumane and racist tactics used in the Deep South against civil rights protesters in the 50s and 60s.

The crisis in Ferguson reveals a racial divide in the U.S. that far too many would rather ignore. We cannot ignore it any more.


Statement from NOW Vice President Chitra Panjabi Regarding Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Allegations

Survivors of rape continuously face disbelief, blame, and silence when they attempt to share their stories. The cases that have unfolded around Bill Cosby are no different. As a society, we need to hold accountable all perpetrators of sexual violence – including those with celebrity status – and believe the stories of victims and survivors. We must continue to work to provide support for victims and survivors of sexual assault, seek justice for the crimes committed against them and work through education and prevention efforts to combat the problem of sexual violence and dismantle rape culture.


NOW Applauds President Obama’s Executive Order on Immigration Reform, Calls on Congress to Pass Comprehensive Reform That Treats Immigrant Women Fairly

Tonight, President Obama did the right thing for millions of immigrant women, men and their families. But much remains to be done. The President’s action provides only temporary relief, and it affects only half of the undocumented immigrants who work and contribute to the country’s welfare every day.

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Popcorn Preview: She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry

This article is a review and summary of the movie “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry,” a recently released documentary about the beginning of the women’s movement in the 1960′s with a focus on NOW’s origins and activism.

Health Insurance for Women: How to Pick the Best Plan

There are many ways women can best use the Affordable Care Act to their advantage by finding a plan that fits all their needs including contraception, maternity coverage, and care for children.  “An infant is six times more likely to die in infancy if the mother didn’t get prenatal care, and a woman is two to three… Read more »

Outrage grows over Bridgewater State keeping rapes secret

The head of a national women’s group says it’s “outrageous” that Bridgewater State University officials withheld the names of two men charged with rape on campus and did not notify students and staff about the incidents last month. “We know that rape is a serial crime,” said Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization of Women based in Washington, D.C. “The names of the accused rapists really need to be made public.”

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Actually, Reproductive Health Care Access Is About the Economy

Three-quarters of voters polled not only support abortion access but strongly link it to a woman’s financial stability and equality. Additionally, voters are more likely to vote for elected officials who support such policies. This is not a surprise to any who works in the reproductive rights and justice movement. Access to reproductive care is about the economy, stupid.

The Crazy Progress of the Movement for Paid Sick Days

The country still doesn’t have a federal law. But in the intervening decade, 15 laws have been passed at the city and state level. Workers who live in those places can now rest assured that they can take off of work if they get sick and not have to miss a day’s pay — or even risk their jobs entirely.

A Victory for the Left

Republicans won big in the 2014 elections. They captured the Senate and gained seats in the House. But they didn’t do it by running to the right. They did it, to a surprising extent, by embracing ideas and standards that came from the left.