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08.19.2015

National Organization for Women Welcomes FDA Decision on Women’s HSDD Treatment

Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD) is a serious condition experienced by about ten percent of pre-menopausal women, yet it has taken seven years for this drug, Flibanserin (Addyi), to get the green-light.

08.17.2015

Remembering the Legacy of Julian Bond

NOW leaders and activists around the country are mourning the loss of civil rights leader Julian Bond, who passed away on August 15th.

07.30.2015

NOW Calls for Overhaul of Criminal Justice System in Light of Police Brutality Crisis

NOW calls on the Department of Justice to conduct a thorough investigation into how five Black women can die while in custody in just a two-week span. NOW also calls on the Obama administration and on Congress to make a top priority of identifying and eliminating the systemic racism that pervades criminal justice in the U.S. What we are facing is nothing short of an emergency – we need answers, we need action, and we need sustainable change.


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‘The Seventies': Feminism makes waves

Ryan Bergeron writes for CNN: “The National Organization for Women, which was founded in 1966 and advocated for a “fully equal partnership of the sexes,” soon endorsed the ERA and made passing it into the U.S. Constitution a top priority. (The amendment had been unsuccessfully presented to every session of Congress between 1923 and 1970.)”

Two Million Voices Ring Out for Social Security Expansion — And That’s Just the Beginning!

NOW President Terry O’Neill writes for the Huffington Post Blog: “Yesterday I stood in front of the White House along with Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), leaders of the Economic Policy Institute, MoveOn, Democracy for America and other allies to deliver a petition signed by over 2 million Americans in support of expanding Social Security.

This Day in History: National Organization for Women was Founded

On June 30, 1966, Betty Friedan wrote three letters on a paper napkin: N O W. She invited fifteen women to her hotel room. Then, Catherine Conroy slid a five-dollar bill onto the table and said, “Put your money down and sign your name.” In that moment, the National Organization for Women became a reality.

As representatives at the Third National Conference of Commissions on the Status of Women, these women were disgruntled by the lack of commitment to the convention’s theme, “Targets for Action.” Inspired by the Civil Rights movement and historic marches such as in Selma, the women founded a parallel effort to ensure the equal treatment of both sexes. They brainstormed an alternate action plan to enforce Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits employers from discriminating against employees based on sex, race, color, nationality, and religion.


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How False Narratives of Margaret Sanger Are Being Used to Shame Black Women

Any argument that Black women in America should disavow Planned Parenthood because of some history of anti-Blackness would necessarily require that Black women disavow the very country in which we live.

Abortion foes find new ways to get details about patients, doctors

Increasingly, abortion opponents are pursuing personal and medical information on women undergoing abortions and the doctors who perform them. They often file complaints with authorities based on what they learn.

Those Investigations into Planned Parenthood Have Found a Whole Lot of Nothing

Certain governors have even been willing to put taxpayer dollars toward investigations of Planned Parenthood health centers. All of these investigations that have been concluded so far have (surprise!) come up empty.

That’s right. All of the completed investigations into Planned Parenthood have shown that there was no “wrongdoing” to find. Why? Because no matter what lengths anti-abortion extremists go to, it doesn’t change the truth: Planned Parenthood is a high-quality health care provider that millions rely on each year.