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.
“It looks to me like there are more hurdles being put in front of this drug than there have been on drugs addressing male dysfunction,” Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women, told The Washington Post after flibanserin was rejected a second time. “Obviously, everyone only wants drugs to get on the market if they are proven safe and effective. But we don’t want attitudes to get in the way of a good drug.”
Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women, said she believed that Obama’s remark was “sexist” and belittling, that Obama “was trying to build up his own trustworthiness on this issue by convincing us that Senator Warren’s concerns are not to be taken seriously.”
The National Organization for Women’s New York chapter and Safe Horizon, the nation’s largest domestic violence victims group, condemned the show’s violence against women — a trend that includes anger from a prominent politician and some critics. “Gratuitous rape scenes feed the rape culture,” said Sonia Ossorio, president of the NOW chapter, said on Tuesday. “HBO is guilty of this gratuity and of pornifying television in general.”
National Organization for Women (NOW) President Terry O’Neill ripped critics of Hillary Clinton from the 1990s to the present for leveling “silly” attacks on the Democratic presidential candidate as she’s looking to “bring another sea change to our politics.”
1. Marriage Equality: Obergefell v. Hodges, Tanco v. Haslam, DeBoer v. Snyder, Bourke v. Beshear 2. Pregnancy Discrimination: Young v. United Parcel Service 3. Women’s Access to Health Insurance Coverage: King v. Burwell 4. Domestic Violence and Housing: Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc. 5. Marriage Equality Cases That Have Been Decided: Kitchen v. Herbert, and Bishop v. Smith
“We should not have this interference, especially from men who don’t conceive and don’t have babies,” Barbara DeVane, a lobbyist for the National Organization for Women, said after the Senate Health Policy Committee approved the bill. “They are for de-regulation of everything except women’s decisions about their own health.”
Poor women will face more problems if 20-week abortion ban proposal is adopted: Anita Rios, Ohio National Organization for Women
Shortening the window of time during which Ohio’s women can have legal abortions will only create problems for poor women. Wealthy people will always be able to travel to states with more liberal abortion laws. Undoubtedly, just as women have done throughout the ages, women will take matters into their own hands and this will result in needless suffering and injury. In every culture throughout the world and throughout time abortions have been the last resort of desperate women facing an unwanted pregnancy.
Author Mike DeBonis writes for The Washington Post: “Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women, called the deadlock a “dramatic escalation of the Republican leadership’s war on women.” After all but four Senate Democrats voted to filibuster the anti-trafficking bill over the abortion provision Tuesday, McConnell pledged to continue debate until the deadlock is broken — thus pushing back the Lynch confirmation vote, perhaps until April.”
Author Kevin Cirilli writes for The Hill: “O’Neill said those statements don’t add up. “He claims he believes in ‘praising by name and criticizing by category,’ but turns around and criticizes Sen. Warren by name — not category — saying ‘she would do better if she was less angry and demonized less,’ ” O’Neill said.”
Author Laura Zuckerman writes for Reuters: “A National Organization for Women executive urged an Idaho state lawmaker on Wednesday to consult with his female relatives about anatomy after he appeared to suggest during a legislative hearing that pills swallowed by women traveled to the uterus.”
Equal Rights Amendment to be Introduced by Next Week in North Carolina House by Representative Carol Cunningham
A press release by Asheville Chapter of the National Organization for Women writes: “Women have no guaranteed rights under the Constitution other than the right to vote,” said Sherri McLendon, president of the Asheville chapter of the National Organization for Women. “It’s time to change that.”
Article and corresponding video interview from Katie Couric, Yahoo’s Global News Anchor. The article highlights moments from the video interview, in which Katie Couric explores Sprout Pharmaceutical’s drug “flibanserin”.
Article describing the cultural debate surrounding flibanserin, a drug aimed to increase female libido and treat Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD).
“‘We live in a culture that has historically discounted the importance of sexual pleasure and sexual desire for women,’ says Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women. ‘And I fear that it’s that cultural attitude that men’s sexual health is extremely important, but women’s sexual health is not so important. That’s the cultural attitude that I want to be sure the FDA has not, maybe unconsciously, imported into its deliberative process.'”
Article describing the new film “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry”, from Director Mary Dore. The film provides a passionate summary of the “Second Wave” of feminism, highlighting events from 1966-1971 that have shaped the Women’s Movement.
Article about efforts in Wisconsin to support victims and survivors of domestic violence; a lack of funding for these organizations results in many survivors going without the resources and support they need. Image of members of the The National Organi… Read more »
Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women, noted that Democrats are leading the policy fight for legislation that would bar employers from refusing to accommodate pregnancies. “It’s completely in my view outrageous that the Democr… Read more »
Women’s advocacy groups on Thursday excoriated NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s changes to the league’s personal conduct policy, saying it does not do enough to help victims and hold players who commit domestic violence accountable. “It’s an exercise i… Read more »
Terry O’Neill, President of the National Organization for Women, writes in an article for Time about the NFL, Roger Goodell, and Ray Rice. She challenges the victim blaming, manipulation of law enforcement, and misleading of the public in the aftermath… Read more »
“Roger Goodell’s failed leadership strikes again,” said a statement from NOW President Terry O’Neill. “NOW has been saying all along that the NFL doesn’t have a Ray Rice problem, it has a violence against women problem. “An independent judge has called… Read more »
The National Organization for Women again called for Goodell’s resignation and an independent investigation into the NFL’s response to domestic violence incidents. “Instead of listening to the multiple domestic violence experts that have approached Goo… Read more »
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.
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… Read more »
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.”
The local chapter of the National Organization for Women blasts the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals saying the agency took no action to protect victims of sexual assault. This, after a policy change allowed for victims to be billed for related medical services at hospitals.
O’Neill’s passion about public policy that works for the benefit of women is evident. She talks about every point with a conviction that seems born directly out of personal experience. While much of our conversation focused on economic justice, that’s just one of the six core issues NOW works to change. Constitutional equality, reproductive rights, racial justice, LGBT rights, and ending violence against women are also high on the NOW priority list. O’Neill says the equality for women can’t truly be achieved unless all of those issues are addressed.
“The NFL has lost its way. It doesn’t have a Ray Rice problem; it has a violence against women problem,” NOW said in the statement, pointing to other incidents like Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy’s recent conviction on domestic abuse charges and a FiveThirtyEight study into domestic violence arrest rates in the league. NOW’s statement goes farther than many of the other calls for Goodell’s resignation, saying whoever succeeds him should also begin an investigation into how the NFL can reform its policies for preventing domestic violence (presumably beyond the “new” policy Goodell instituted in August).
“The schools’ response tells young women that they are completely responsible for men’s behavior, which is an extraordinarily dangerous message. Women and girls are regularly blamed for the crimes committed against them,” said Chitra Panjabi, spokesperson for the National Organization for Women.
“The National Organization for Women has called for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s resignation over the NFL’s domestic violence issues, NOW announced Wednesday. While NOW cited Goodell’s handling of the Ray Rice case, the group said Goodell should step down because of what it calls the league’s larger violence against women problem.”
Critics are ripping Goodell’s handling of the situation, and Wednesday the National Organization for Women called for his resignation. Here is a part of NOW’s statement: “The only workable solution is for Roger Goodell to resign, and for his successor to appoint an independent investigator with full authority to gather factual data about domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking within the NFL community, and to recommend real and lasting reforms.”
Terry O’Neill, the president of the National Organization for Women, has called for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to resign, citing Ray Rice’s assault on his now-wife as just one of many examples of the league’s failure to act against domestic violence.
“The NFL has lost its way. It doesn’t have a Ray Rice problem; it has a violence against women problem,” said Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women. “The NFL sets the example for college, high school, middle school and even elementary school football programs. And the example it is setting right now is simply unacceptable. New leadership must come in with a specific charge to transform the culture of violence against women that pervades the NFL.”
NOW officer Chitra Panjabi expresses the need for action against domestic violence in the NFL for CBS Houston, “This is not the first time that domestic violence has occurred in the league, and it shouldn’t be that when you have a media storm that a response should be made. This should be something that the league is working on all the time.”
“Mississippi NOW president Laurie Bertram Roberts issued an action alert this morning encouraging people to call and email MPB to express displeasure with MPB’s decision. She said private message boards of Mississippi activists were lighting up with anger and concern last night.”
Pamela Constable writes for The Washington Post: “Other protesters who were photographed, placed in plastic handcuffs and taken into custody included Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women; Larry Cohen, president of the Communications Workers of America; and several illegal immigrants associated with Casa de Maryland and Virginia.”
Michael Dorf writes for Verdict: I was honored to share the platform with National Organization for Women President Terry O’Neill and New York Planned Parenthood board member Leslie Danks Burke. Although we each described different aspects of the case… Read more »
The National Organization for Women called for Will to “take a break” from his column, maybe go sit in a corner, think about what he’s done.
The National Organization for Women is calling on The Washington Post to drop George Will’s column after his controversial claim that sexual assault on college campuses “make victimhood a coveted status” that “confers privileges.”
Joe Strupp writes for Media Matters for America: “The National Organization for Women is urging The Washington Post to drop George Will’s column after he downplayed the prevalence of campus sexual assault and suggested some college efforts to curb it ‘make victimhood a coveted status.'”
Mark Weiner writes for Syracuse.com: “U.S. Rep. Dan Maffei delivered a speech on the House floor Tuesday honoring the life of Karen DeCrow, a national women’s rights leader from Syracuse who died Friday in Jamesville.”
Terry O’Neill visited New York last Thursday to push the state legislature in Albany to pass Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed ten-point Women’s Equality Act, which hopes to end gender-based discrimination.
Terry O’Neill is quoted in this piece on #YesAllWomen and Twitter’s response to the Isla Vista murders.
Patricia Miller writes in Conscience: “Today there are two movements claiming to champion religious liberty in the United States. Both the groups defending authentic religious liberty, and those fighting for a distorted version, have been facing off in courts, state houses and opinion pages across the United States.”
Thanks to feminist activists and organizations like NOW, everyone’s lives are getting better–including men’s.
The F.D.A. has approved a new test to detect HPV, but NOW is part of a coalition concerned that the new test hasn’t gone through enough testing and could cause unnecessary cancer scares, especially in young women.
Terry O’Neill explains that Hobby Lobby and companies like it are using corporate “religious freedom” as an excuse to oppress workers’ rights.
GOP candidate for Senate in Michigan Terri Lynn Land finds herself in hot water over anti-equal pay statements made in 2010. Ed Shultz and Terry O’Neill (NOW President) discuss.
As more and more of our personal information is easily accessible, women and trans, lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer people are particularly vulnerable to discrimination and harassment.
Cristan Williams interviews Poppy Northcutt, President of Houston area NOW and Texas NOW, on her chapters’ longtime inclusion of trans activists. Says Poppy: “We didn’t have to go looking for enemies to our cause; they were everywhere around us. So wh… Read more »
The pay gap in Louisiana is the second worse in the country, and women’s rights activists–including the Louisiana NOW president–are speaking out against the disparity.
NOW’s campaign to get Janet Yellen selected as the new Federal Reserve Chair is paying off.
Terry speaks on voter turnout during the midterms and other feminist priorities on Ed Shultz’s radio show.
Judge G. Todd Baugh, who suggested the victim was partially at fault during her rapist’s trial, and only sentenced the perpetrator to 30 days in jail, is facing censure from the state’s highest court after admitting to violating judicial standards. “Th… Read more »
As flibanserin, the drug touted as the “female Viagra” struggles to get approved by the FDA, NOW wonders if sexism is at play. “It looks to me like there are more hurdles being put in front of this drug than there have been on drugs addressing male dys… Read more »
Montana NOW is protesting a Montana judge’s decision to sentence a teacher to only 30 days in jail for raping a student. The sentence is so light likely because of the illusion of shared blame promoted in the courtroom, as Judge G. Todd Baugh insisted… Read more »
A woman in Mississippi is being tried for “depraved heart murder” because prosecutors claim that the then-16-year-old’s cocaine use caused her baby to be stillborn. NOW, among others, is urging the court to dismiss the charges.
After a Montana judge sentenced a teacher who sexually assaulted a student to only thirty days in jail, Montana NOW and others fought back against the ruling. Now, cases like this are causing the state to reevaluate its court system.
Maryland NOW has endorsed Del. Heather Mizeur, D-Montgomery, in the race for the Maryland governorship. Both Maryland NOW and Mizeur condemn her opponent Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown’s “Strong Women, Strong Maryland” initiative. “Anthony Brown’s plan is litt… Read more »
Women are still drastically underrepresented in government, despite the hard work that groups like NOW have done to get women elected.
Sara McKenna has been accused of “appropriation of [a] child in-utero” when she moved to New York City after her ex, Bode Miller, filed for custody of their child in California. “It was unprecedented to have a judge basically accuse a woman of running… Read more »
Women are essential to the labor movement–just ask Terry O’Neill, who spoke at the AFL-CIO’s WILD conference.
When women challenged gender roles, things opened up for men, too. “The women’s movement showed that women didn’t want to be restricted by their gender role, and it’s opened things up for men to not be restricted as well — they can be stay-at-home dads… Read more »
NOW joined Al Sharpton’s National Action Network in Tallahassee to march against Stand Your Ground Laws and Florida prosecutor Angela Corey. “We say to prosecutor Corey: Not only should you resign, you need to stay out of public office for 60 years. Tw… Read more »
NOW, along with the Color of Change advocacy group, is demanding Florida prosecutor Angela Corey be suspended. “Any way to get her out of office and for her to stay out of office is the goal,” says NOW president, Terry O’Neill.
Shackling happens to most prisoners, but is particularly abhorrent when pregnant prisoners in labor are subject to these restraints. The practice can endanger the health of both mother and baby. Massachusetts is one of only 18 states that prohibit the… Read more »
In preparation for President Obama’s trip to Saudi Arabia, NOW–along with several other non-profits–signed onto a Congressional letter urging our president to confront the Kingdom’s human rights abuses, which include “violations targeting women.”
“If people have to go outside their insurance plan to pay for birth control, that’s a healthcare issue, it’s an economic issue and it’s a workers’ rights issue.”–Chitra Panjabi, Membership Vice President of NOW. Read more from Chitra on how Hobby Lobb… Read more »
For the first time in NOW history, the Pennsylvania Chapter endorsed a male Democrat over a female. The move is likely a response to incumbent Margo Davidson, D-Deleware, voted for increased restrictions on abortion clinics.
“Birth control is not even controversial except for in the minds of a very small — very vocal — but tiny sliver of extremists.” –Terry O’Neill, NOW President. Read more from Terry, and take in the beautiful pictures from the rally.
NOW and other women’s organizations have done a wonderful job spreading awareness of the absurdity that is Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Woods’ Supreme Court case, but too-often we overlook a simple fact: birth control is about sex.
Terry O’Neill writes for CNBC: “The outcry over AOL Chief Executive Tim Armstrong’s comment that the birth of two “distressed babies” led to his decision to change the company’s 401 (k) plan was jaw-droppingly callous. But it is only part of the real story. When the firestorm hit, this particular CEO was able to walk back his comment and reverse the decision to scale back employee benefits. But under the radar, kicking the foundation away from employee retirement security is looking more and more like the new normal.”
Candice Bernd writes for Truth Out: “Soon after her gubernatorial campaign pulled in a fundraising boost, the Dallas Morning News reported during the weekend on discrepancies in Texas Sen. Wendy Davis’ life story. Her opponents and right-wing pundits hav…
Actress Kelly Rutherford attends a lunch in honor of the NOW Foundation for its work in the family court system.
Carmen Russell writes for Voice of Russia: “This week, The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a review of a decision striking down an Oklahoma abortion law.” Interview with NOW president, Terry O’Neill, available at the link.
Kevin G. Hall and William Douglas write for McClatchy-Washington Bureau: “With congressional budget negotiations moving behind closed doors, one item apparently on the table is changing the way cost-of-living adjustments are calculated for seniors, veter…
Alex Fesler writes for The Columbus Dispatch: “Women’s advocates want Gov. John Kasich to know they do not support the health-care legislation that was part of the state budget and that they are not alone.”
Kasumi Hirokawa writes for Valley: “Terry O’Neill, the president of National Organization for Women (NOW), spoke Sunday night about the state of women’s reproductive rights in America.”
Evan McMorris-Santoro writes for Buzzfeed: “NOW president Terry O’Neill said the Summers news came as a surprise. She was convinced women’s groups were fighting with President Obama on the Fed chair nomination, and that Summers was on track for the job d…
Allie Jones writes for The Atlantice: “After an unusually divisive few months leading up to President Obama’s Fed chair nomination, Larry Summers decided he didn’t want to be considered for the job anymore. Summers was considered to be Obama’s top pick f…
Cindy Carcamo write for the Los Angeles Times: “Arizona’s policy will harm abused women and children, said Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women. Abuse victims can qualify for deferred deportation under a separate program, which…
Kate Nocera writes for Buzzfeed: “NOW President Terry O’Neill said that even Warren’s quiet engagement on Summers — like signing the letter supporting Yellen — made a big impact. O’Neill said she was thrilled with Warren’s work on the issue.”
Avie Schneider writes for WNYC: “As Zarroli reports, Summers has long been unpopular with women’s groups because of comments he made as Harvard president about women’s aptitude for science. But Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Wo…
Ashley Alman writes for The Huffington Post: “A coalition of progressive groups and big donors pressed Senate Banking Committee members to oppose a Summers nomination before the former secretary withdrew. Among the groups were UltraViolet and the Nationa…
Avie Schneider writes for WAMU: “As Zarroli reports, Summers has long been unpopular with women’s groups because of comments he made as Harvard president about women’s aptitude for science. But Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Wo…
Ryan Grimm writes for The Huffington Post: “Meanwhile, a coalition of progressive groups — which included UltraViolet and the National Organization for Women, two powerful women’s groups — teamed with the big donors and grassroots advocacy groups to pr…
Von Diaz provides video via Colorlines of the September 12, 2013 immigration reform civil disobedience.
Julia Preston writes for The New York Times: “The 115 women arrested included Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women, and Linda Meric, executive director of 9to5, both women’s groups that have not been prominent in pushing Congre…
Jonathan Weil writes for Bloomberg: “Lots of progressive/liberal groups had come out in opposition to Summers, including MoveOn.org, The Other 98%, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and the National Organization for Women.”
John Nichols writes for The Nation: “Like many progressive organizations, NOW expressed discomfort with the approach Summers has taken to core economic questions.”
Irin Carmon writes for MSNBC.com: “Last Thursday, among the hundreds of protesters outside the offices of a Montana judge who shortened to 30 days the sentence of a teacher convicted of raping his 14-year-old student, was a surprise guest: the judge hims…
Kevin Cirilli writes for Politico: “Women’s groups are intensifying their opposition to the possible nomination of Larry Summers to lead the Federal Reserve in an effort to pressure President Barack Obama to choose Janet Yellen for the job.”
Laura Zuckerman writes for Reuters: “‘He needs to be removed from the bench. We will fight to the very end,’ said Marian Bradley, president of the Montana chapter of the National Organization for Women.”
Zach Carter writes for The Huffington Post: “The letter comes as a broad coalition of progressive political groups organizes to oppose a Summers nomination, citing his record of deregulatory judgments, derisive statements about women and his difficulty w…
Gregg Zoroya and Eliza Collins quote NOW President Terry O’Neill in their piece for USA TODAY: “‘Fifty years ago, women were not up here speaking, but here we are today,’ Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women, told a crowd that…
Rachel Witkin writes for MSNBC online: “O’Neill cited the recent abortion bills brought up by Republicans in Texas, Ohio, and North Carolina as examples of the right’s failure to learn the lessons of 2012, when multiple Republican Senate candidates lost…
Paul Singer writes for USA Today: “National women’s groups are stepping up their efforts in the New York City mayors race to support City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and denounce former Congressman Anthony Weiner for his lewd online behavior.”
Carrie Maxwell writes for The Windy City Times: “Promoting equality and diversity and ending discrimination and racism were the topics of a panel discussion at the National Organization for Women (NOW) annual conference at the Hilton Chicago hotel July 6…
Carrie Maxwell writes for The Windy City Times: “About 25 people attended a panel discussion on issues of inclusion, self-definition, and politics within the transgender community at the National Organization for Women (NOW) annual conference at the Hilt…
Carrie Maxwell writes for The Windy City Times: “How we win and why it matters was the topic of one of the plenary political roundtable discussions at the NOW conference July 6 at the Hilton Chicago. Former Ambassador and U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun, f…
Tracy Baim of The Windy City Times writes: “The National Organization for Women held their annual convention in Chicago the first week of July, announcing a special focus on two main issues nationally: marriage equality and social security. Several hundr…
Hear from NOW president Terry O’Neill in her piece for Fem2Pt0: “Last week in Chicago, as I convened the 2013 NOW national conference to order, I asked delegates to join me in making a personal commitment to electing a woman president of the United State…
Roberta Waddle, president of Fayetteville NOW, is quoted in this piece by Alicia Banks of the Fay Observer: “‘Women are smart enough to take care of their bodies,’ she said. ‘Why is this legislature messing with medical decisions? If I have a broken leg,…
ABC local affiliate in Chicago, IL covered the 2013 National NOW Conference: “The National Organization for Women will elect new officers during its conference in Chicago.”
Jim Polson writes for Bloomberg News: “Women may have better odds of getting a membership at Augusta National Golf Club than becoming the chief executive officer of an energy company in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index. (SPX) With its decision to name…
Watch NOW President Terry O’Neill on “Politics Nation with Al Sharpton” discussing Hillary Clinton’s on the fifth anniversary of Clinton’s “18 million cracks” speech.
Josh Eidelson writes for The Nation: “Interviewed following the panel, NOW President Terri O’Neill told The Nation that ‘people have seen through the PR’ and that Walmart would not be able to mollify its critics with cosmetic changes.”
NOW President Terry O’Neill answers Women Around Town’s Proust questionnaire.
NOW President Terry O’Neill is quoted in this piece by Geoffrey Crowley at MSNBC: “The drama surrounding morning-after birth control took a new twist Friday, as a federal judge heaped fresh scorn on the Obama administration for meddling with the nation’s…
Read NOW President Terry O’Neill’s new piece in the US News & World Report series “Debate Club”. The question being discussed is: Should the Plan B morning after pill be available to 15-year-olds?
NOW President Terry O’Neill is quoted in this piece by Jackie Calmes for The New York Times: “President Obama rounded out his second-term cabinet choices on Thursday, nominating Penny Pritzker, his longtime financial backer and an heir to the Hyatt Hotel…
Michelle Castillo writes for CBS News: “NOW asked President Barack Obama to follow the court order to make Plan B available to all women regardless of age without a prescription and without identification.”
NOW President Terry O’Neill is quoted in this piece by Tara Culp-Ressler: “Late Wednesday evening, the Obama administration announced that it will appeal a recent court decision that ordered the FDA to make emergency contraception available to all women…
Geoffrey Cowley writes for MSNBC: “They’re already feeling betrayed. NOW President Terry O’Neill dismisses the FDA’s watered-down approval as ‘an incremental advance, made against the hostility of people who claim they’re on our side.'”
JoNel Aleccia writes for NBC News: “But women’s rights advocates said the decision also requires girls and women to show ID at the cash register and denies sale if they can’t produce it, noted Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Wom…
Statement by NOW President Terry O’Neill is quoted in this piece by Caroline May of the Daily Caller: “The Food and Drug Administration’s announcement on Tuesday that the morning after pill will now be available without a prescription to women as young a…
See NOW President Terry O’Neill on MSNBC’s All in with Chris Hayes discussing President Barack Obama’s speech at the 2013 Planned Parenthood National Conference.
NOW’s press release was included in MSNBC’s “Top Links” on the chained CPI, written by John Flowers: “In fact, The National Organization for Women lashed out at President Obama’s concession over chained CPI, saying it will hurt women more because they li…
NOW President Terry O’Neill is quoted in this piece by Aamer Madhani and Susan Davis for USA Today: “‘Let’s face it: Instituting the chained CPI is like tripping someone at the end of a race after forcing them to run on the outside lane the whole way,’ s…
Traci G. Lee writes for MSNBC: “As expected, President Obama sought cuts to Social Security benefits in his 2014 budget proposal to Congress on Wednesday, an idea Speaker John Boehner previously offered.”
Kevin G. Hall quotes NOW President Terry O’Neill in a piece for McClatchy: “‘That’s not just malarkey, that’s damn malarkeym,’ Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women, shouted during a small but spirited midday rally against the p…
Gaius Plubius writes for AmericaBlog: “Terry O’Neill, Pres.: ‘I don’t get paid to care about protecting the Democratic brand. Women weren’t born Republican or Democrat.’ MoveOn speaker threatens Dem primaries. PCCC co-founder says Dems will pay if they v…
An article by the Associated Press, appearing at U.S. News & World Report, says: “But liberal Democrats, fresh off fighting to get Obama re-elected last year, say they’re disheartened that Obama isn’t sticking up for what they say are core Democratic…
Donovan Slack writes for Politico: “The National Organization for Women is not happy with President Obama. The group planned to protest in front of the White House and issued a scathing statement Tuesday calling on Congress to reject changes to Social Se…
Labor, Civil Rights Leaders Return to Memphis on 45th Anniversary of Dr. King’s ‘I’ve Been to the Mountaintop’ Speech
Read about NOW president Terry O’Neill’s participation in a panel commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech.
Majority of amicus filings ask court to strike down DOMA, Prop 8 — which may signal rulings wouldn’t trigger Roe v. Wade-like fallout
NOW’s amicus brief is discussed in an article by Lisa Keen of Keen News Services at the Dallas Voice: “When the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to tackle a major legal controversy, such as next week’s marriage equality cases, it typically invites advice from…
The NOW Foundation’s amicus brief is discussed in a piece by Audrey Bilger for Ms. Magazine: “As two landmark cases make their way to the U.S. Supreme Court this week, supporters of marriage equality are optimistic. A new Washington Post-ABC poll found t…
David Jackson writes for USA Today: “Three years on, President Obama’s health care law still generates intense debate — especially over contraceptive policy.” NOW’s 2011 action alert on the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act is discuss…
NOW’s 2011 action alert on the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Healthcare Act is discussed in this piece by Sarah Kliff of The Washington Post: “One provision, however, has engendered more controversy than any other: The requirement that contrace…
Lyle Denniston examines the amicus curiae briefs — including NOW’s — in the two marriage equality cases before the US Supreme Court in a post at SCOTUSblog: “To file an amicus brief, it is necessary to have either the consent of the parties, or consent…
Read about NOW president Terry O’Neill’s speech at a Women’s History Month event in Florida. Write up courtesy of Betsy Roberts at the South Florida Sun Sentinel: “Saying that the sequester will disproportionally hurt women, Terry O’Neill, President of t…
Read about NOW president Terry O’Neill’s trip to Community College of Allegheny County for a Women’s History Month lecture on women and STEM fields.
NOW president Terry O’Neill was interviewed by Melinda Tuhus of Between the Lines: “On March 8, International Women’s Day, National Organization for Women President Terry O’Neill released a statement criticizing governments around the world for balancing…
Andrew Welsh-Huggins writes for Salon: “Two high school football players were scheduled to go to trial on charges they raped a 16-year-old girl after an alcohol-fueled party last summer, in a case that has drawn international attention over allegations m…
Watch NOW president Terry O’Neill was on Current TV’s “Viewpoint” discussing Arkansas’ restrictive abortion bill. Also interviewed is Slate’s Amanda Marcotte.
NOW president Terry O’Neill joined actress Martha Plimpton and Center for Reproductive Rights president Nancy Northup on MSNBC’s The Ed Show. Follow the l
Terry O’Neill, president of NOW, is featured in a story by David Ferguson of The Raw Story writes: “On a Wednesday afternoon conference call with Bold Progressives announcing the letter, Grayson and Takano were joined by the National Organization for Wom…
“‘The Violence Against Women Act has dramatically reduced the lethality of domestic violence in this country; has dramatically improved reporting across the country of sexual assault, and domestic violence, and dating violence, and stalking; has dramatic…
NOW president Terry O’Neill was interviewed by Juliet Eilperin for The Washington Post: “Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women, said Monday’s appointments were ‘encouraging’ but still fall short when it came to folks with high-l…
NOW president Terry O’Neill was interviewed by Aamer Madhani for USA Today: “Terry O’Neill, president of NOW, said in an interview on Monday that Obama deserves credit for appointing more women and minorities to top posts than his predecessors. But O’Nei…
Adam Serwer of Mother Jones interviewed NOW president Terry O’Neill on the Violence Against Women Act: “
Lonnae O’Neal Parker writes at The Washington Post: “At the 100th anniversary of Washington’s Women’s Suffrage Parade on Sunday, participants will march in the bold tradition of suffragette Inez Milholland — even if they, and most of America, have never…
NOW president Terry O’Neill is quoted in an article by Rosalind S. Helderman in The Washington Post: “When the Senate took up a bill similar to one that passed last year with 15 Republican Senate votes, its GOP support grew to 23 senators. A bloc of Hous…
NOW president Terry O’Neill is quoted in a piece by Peter Nichols of The Wall Street Journal:”A nomination of Penny Pritzker as the next commerce secretary would threaten to divide President Barack Obama’s political coalition, pitting women’s advocates a…
Terry O’Neill, president of NOW, writes at The Huffington Post: “House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is a powerful player on Capitol Hill who has pretty much flown under the radar with the general public. But I predict that won’t be true much longer. Now t…
NOW president Terry O’Neill spoke to Mary Glenney, host of WMNF’s “A Woman’s Place”, on the Violence Against Women Act and One Billion Rising. Listen to at the link.
Terry O’Neill, president of NOW, is quoted in an article by Karen McVeigh of The Guardian: “O’Neill said that VAWA is a highly cost-effective way of reducing violence by providing services to victims and to hold perpetrators accountable for their crimes.…
Terry O’Neill, president of NOW, on Current TVs “Viewpoint”. hosted by John Fugelsang: “‘We have moved (Eric Cantor) enough to where he is beginning to change his rhetoric,’ O’Neill says of the Republican House majority leader from Virginia. ‘That’s clea…
NOW president Terry O’Neill is quoted in this article at Talking Points Memo
NOW president Terry O’Neill is on “The Diane Rehm Show” to talk about the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Betty Friedan’s “The Feminine Mystique”. A transcript is available at the link.
Terry O’Neill, president of NOW, is quoted in an article by Meredith Turits of Glamour: “‘I had the sense that VAWA would be easy to get through the 113th Congress fairly quickly because if Republicans learned anything in the 2012 election, they have a p…
The Daily News Journal features a picture of NOW’s 2013 Roe v. Wade anniversary vigil (article and photo provided by the Associated Press): “It has been rare for states to expand access to abortions since the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, but there have been…
Terry O’Neill, president of NOW, was on MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” on the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision.
United Press International (UPI) reports: “The nation marks the 40th anniversary Tuesday of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Roe vs. Wade, which recognized a woman’s right to an abortion.”
Terry O’Neill, president of NOW, was interviewed by Dennis J. Bernstein for
A photo of NOW president Terry O’Neill appears in a post by MSNBC’s Lana Schupbach on the demise of the Violence Against Women Act.
Terry O’Neill appears on The Rachel Maddow Show to discuss state legislation restricting women’s access to reproductive health services.
Jamil Smith quotes NOW President Terry O’Neill in this piece on the Violence Against Women Act for MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry.
NOW President Terry O’Neill was quoted in a Huffington Post article about the 2012 Democratic National Convention and how it was characterized by an unyielding focus on issues affecting women: “People who think that simply standing up for women’s rights means only and always standing up for abortion are the same people who see the word ‘woman’ and think vagina.”
The Washington Post’s She The People blogger, Mary Curtis, spoke with NOW President Terry O’Neill at a reception during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte about the GOP platform and how devastating the Paul Ryan budget would be for women.
NOW Action Vice President Erin Matson was quoted in a USA Today article about the feminist Russian band Pussy Riot and feminism in the U.S.: “Young women today grow up expecting equality and expressing their power both online and through edgy actions. Pussy Riot’s rebellious acts fit the profile of modern feminism. They are changing society.”
Pema Levy of Talking Points Memo interviewed NOW President Terry O’Neill regarding Rep. Todd Akin and how he is not the only Republican politician to suggest women rarely get pregnant from rape.
“We are going to be fully engaged on talking about the economy and how Mitt Romney is a job killer and in particular is a job killer for women.
“Women want reforms like those in our report and will reject politicians who call for austerity, a code word for cutting safety net programs like Social Security, which women rely on disproportionately…America can’t afford not to provide fair and adequate benefits because so many women are financially vulnerable.
NOW President Terry O’Neill was quoted in a POLITICO article about Paul Ryan stance on women’s issues: “I think he is very, very harshly anti-woman. And I think it’s important for women voters to really look at the disproportionate effect on women of the thing he takes the most credit for. He’s very proud of the Ryan budget. It slams women by privatizing Medicare. Ryan opposes equal pay for equal work. That is very specifically anti-woman.”
Women’s eNews Correspondent Sharon Johnson interviewed NOW President Terry O’Neill about NOW’s continued support for a single-payer health care system in the U.S.: “Advocates for women must work hard during the coming months to elect officials who will ensure that the goals of universal coverage and affordable health care are eventually achieved.”
Part 2 in a series by NOW President Terry O’Neill: “Instead of thinking responsibly about the women who would love to have health insurance if only they could afford it, the Romney-Ryan budget would send us back to where we were in the Bush era, except t…
“President Obama listens and responds and that is not something we can say for the other party in this political atmosphere right now,” O’Neill explained. “It is essential for women’s well-being that we reelect President Obama and that is why I’m proud our PAC is endorsing him.”
“NOW PAC is proud to stand behind a president who unquestionably represents the path forward to achieve equality for women. Throughout the past four years President Obama has listened to our concerns and repeatedly stood up for women’s rights against a right-wing juggernaut bent on undermining our access to reproductive health care, our economic security and even our safety from intimate partner violence and sexual assault.”
“The leadership in those states [that have seen massive public-sector layoffs] are the very people that Mitt Romney has promoted as having the right answer for our country. That answer for the country is an answer that results in massive layoffs for women and a choke point for women coming out of college and looking for jobs.”
“[The bill is] a clear strike in the ongoing War on Women. When will the radical right-wing men in Congress let up? This can’t be said more clearly: Rep. Franks is not the mayor of Washington, D.C., and he has no place taking private medical decisions away from women in the District of Columbia.”
“It’s the height of hypocrisy coming from that crowd, but it doesn’t surprise me. They don’t have any ideas of their own. I guess they’ve read the polls and they know that’s exactly what women want — autonomy over their own bodies. Some of these Republicans are so intellectually bankrupt that the best they can do is try to use the language of respect for women, while deeply disrespecting virtually every woman in this country.”
“I think it’s a very good ruling. I think it’s a very good outcome. I think that the Affordable Care Act, its most important achievement is that it establishes in law that this country stands for the proposition that all of our people should have affordable comprehensive quality health care and that’s the principle that I think is established by the ACA.”
“There’s been an ongoing complaint among women leaders that women’s voices simply are not there. When Congress is only 17 percent female, when women are 3 percent of the CEOs and only 15 percent of [top corporate executives], you don’t have critical mass. What happens is that women aren’t there. We’re not noticed…Frankly, there’s no excuse for [news staffs] not to be half women and half men.”
NOW President Terry O’Neill was featured on MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation”, discussing the House’s rejection of a bill seeking to punish doctors who knowingly perform sex-selective abortions.
“What followed on the heels of the (Virginia bill) was the effort in the Senate to restrict birth control, and that’s when the men started getting involved.”
“[It has been] like pushing a very large rock up a very steep hill to get people to pay attention to this war on women, so the fact that 30 percent of women … have recognized it is a huge victory, frankly.”
“We’re going to keep reintroducing the Paycheck Fairness act, and the future looks bright for this bill, but it’s rough right now with the partisan obstruction we’re seeing occur…we’re going to move forward, but [the bill’s Senate failure] is indefensible.”
“[There has been] a long-standing tradition of bipartisan support for the Women Against Violence Act against since 1994, [and] I think that there is no reason that we should allow this to become a political issue.”
NOW Action Vice President Erin Matson was featured in a PBS “To The Contrary” round-table discussion entitled “Fighting for Women.”
“I don’t think conservative women want to associate themselves with his hate. I don’t think they would want to associate themselves with his bullying…I don’t think conservative women would want to associate themselves with his vitriolic attacks.”
NOW President Terry O’Neill was quoted in a Huffington Post article about recent incidents of Republicans calling the debate over women’s issues a distraction: “To tell us we can’t have our birth control covered and then to scold us for complaining about that is disrespectful and dismissive, and I hope women will really show their disapproval in November.”
NOW Action Vice President Erin Matson interview with the Washington Post about NARAL Pro-Choice America president Nancy Keenan’s decison to step down and make way for a younger generation of pro-choice leaders: “I’m so thankful and grateful that this is the legacy she’s leaving. After so many go-arounds on these issues, it’s hugely important for her to say, ‘I’m going to step aside and fill this position with someone younger.”
USA Today quotes NOW President Terry O’Neill in an article about the media’s judgement of Hillary Clinton and other women in politics’ appearances: “The Drudge Report headline is really saying to all women, don’t you dare step into the public sphere, we will savage you for what you look like.”
NOW President Terry O’Neill quoted in this POLITICO article about the House Republican version of the Violence Against Women Act: “The agenda that is being promoted by the Adams bill is racist and homophobic and leaves women behind, and it’s not OK.”
NOW President Terry O’Neill was a guest panelist on The Diane Rehm Show discussing the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. The landmark domestic violence bill passed the Senate on April 26 after many rounds of haggling. But as it heads to the House, it could be held up by a fight over politics.
L.A. Times’ columnist Michael Hiltzik interviewed NOW President Terry O’Neill about the annual report released by trustees for the Social Security Trust Fund.
NOW President Terry O’Neill quoted in Huffington Post article about the “Enough Rush” campaign aimed at targeting local advertisers and radio stations that broadcast Rush Limbaugh’s show.
Associated Press reporter Sandy Cohen interviewed NOW Action VP Erin Matson about the titles of ABC’s new shows containing the B-word: “There’s a frightening commonality between what you see on TV, in entertainment, and in Congress, where the war on women is being led: The conversation is being driven almost exclusively by men.”
NOW President Terry O’Neill quoted in CNN.com’s article on Augusta National Golf Club male-only membership policy: “Million-dollar deals are not going down at Curves gym, but they are going down at golf clubs.”
NOW President Terry O’Neill quoted in a Bloomberg News article about the Augusta National Golf Club’s policy against admitting female members, including the new CEO of IBM, Virginia Rometty. IBM is one of three corporate sponsors of the Masters Tournament.
TODAYshow.com’s Halimah Abdullah interviewed NOW Action Vice President Erin Matson about the battle over reproductive rights and women’s support of President Obama: “I think this is an Anita Hill moment for my generation. What we’re seeing as young women is this galvanizing moment.”
Huffington Post reporter Laura Bassett interviewed NOW President Terry O’Neill about why the support of women voters has shifted to Obama in new poll: “As we get closer to the election, what women will be looking for is for both candidates to proactively talk to women about the issues that matter most to them. Women’s jobs, women’s pay, and women’s reproductive health.”
NOW President Terry O’Neill was a guest panelist on NPR/WAMU’s The Diane Rehm Show discussing the War on Women and the Democrat/Republican battle over women voters: “It’s absolutely astonishing that the conservative forces and the Republican leadership somehow think that they can win by attacking birth control.”
NOW President Terry O’Neill was a guest panelist on NPR/WAMU’s The Diane Rehm Show discussing the importance of reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act.
Kristen Green of the Richmond Times-Dispatch interviewed NOW Action Vice President Erin Matson about women mobilizing for women’s rights after Virginia legislators passed a law requiring women to have an ultrasound before an abortion: “It engaged young women, older women, soccer moms … people that don’t usually get fired up about women’s issues.”
Ohio Sen. Nina Turner joins women across country striking back, introducing bills to regulate sex lives of men
NOW Action Vice President Erin Matson quoted in an article from The Plain Dealer about proposed ‘Gender Equity’ legislation in Ohio: “The recent trend of women introducing bills to regulate the sexual health of men isn’t surprising. Women are fed up.”
Huffington Post’s John Celock interviews NOW President Terry O’Neill about a Wisconsin bill, based on the idea that single parenting could lead to child abuse and how women’s groups plan to address state-level voting.
After attacking Sandra Fluke for three days, Rush Limbaugh finally issues an apology as sponsors started to leave. NOW President Terry O’Neill discusses Limbaugh’s attempt at an apology with MSNBC’s Ed Schultz.
NOW President Terry O’Neill appeared on Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman & Juan González to discuss the ongoing War on Women’s health: Blunt amendment vote, Rush Limbaugh remarks about Sandra Fluke and the wave of ultrasound bills across the country.
Will the GOP War on Women hurt them at the polls in November? NOW President Terry O’Neill talks about the rift between the GOP and women voters and the latest on the Republican War on Women’s health with MSNBC’s Ed Schultz and Rep. Jan Schakowsky.
NOW President Terry O’Neill speaks with Rev. Al Sharpton on Politics Nation to discuss two recent anti-abortion bills introduced in Virginia.
NOW President Terry O’Neill joins Rev. Al Sharpton and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney on Politics Nation to discuss a Congressional hearing about President Obama’s birth control mandate that excluded women.
NOW President Terry O’Neill join MSNBC’s Alex Wagner and panel to discuss whether the Obama administration is looking to compromise the contraception mandate.
NOW President Terry O’Neill interviews with MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts about the Susan G. Komen Foundation funding controversy with Planned Parenthood, and the steps the foundation must take to save face.
MSNBC’s Ed Schultz speaks with NOW President Terry O’Neill about the resignation of Karen Handel, Susan G. Komen Foundation’s VP of Public Policy. Was Handel the driving force behind Komen’s initial decision to defund Planned Parenthood?
NOW President Terry O’Neill speaks on WUSA9 about Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ) introducing a bill that would ban late-term abortions in the District of Columbia: “We are deeply concerned that they (the Supreme Court Justices) will reach out and deny w…
Caroline May of The Daily Caller interviewed NOW President Terry O’Neill about the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade:
NOW Action Vice President Erin Matson talks about media portrayals of women in 2011 on NorthJersey.com: “It seems like Hollywood has seized the pre-feminist [leading] woman trend right now, between ‘The Playboy Club’ and the ‘Pan Am’ show, and it’s reall…
NOW Action Vice President Erin Matson is quoted in this article about President Obama’s Plan B comments: “His statements about Plan B yesterday are condescending. They’re disempowering and frankly they communicate sex discrimination. In saying that he th…
NOW President Terry O’Neill comments on Vice President Joe Biden’s claims that “if the president’s American Jobs Act does not pass, then ‘rape will continue to rise.'”
Aidan Smith for Tulane University’s New Wave: “National Organization for Women (NOW) president Terry O’Neill reflected on the current economic crisis and how it impacts American women on Monday (Oct. 17) in a talk on the Tulane uptown campus. In an open…
NOW President Terry O’Neill is quoted in this article about women and the economy: “We don’t have a deficit crisis in this country. And anyone who says we do has a political axe to grind and is not telling the truth to the American people. We have a defi…
NOW Action Vice President Erin Matson talks about media portrayals of women in 2011 on NorthJersey.com: “It seems like Hollywood has seized the pre-feminist [leading] woman trend right now, between ‘The Playboy Club’ and the ‘Pan Am’ show, and it’s reall…
NOW President Terry O’Neill comments on Scott Brown’s remarks about Elizabeth Warren on Politico: “This is the kind of sexist misogynistic attack that we have very sadly come to expect from politicians whenever there is a strong woman who is capable and…
NOW Action Vice President Erin Matson calls Planned Parenthood investigation “merely the latest republican led attack,” on WUSA9.
NOW President Terry O’Neill speaks on World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer about Walmart’s multibillion-dollar initiative to purchase products from women-owned businesses: “I’m completely underwhelmed. This is a company that has systematically discrimina…
Huffington Post quotes NOW President Terry O’Neill in an article on President Obama’s American Jobs Act: “We must close the gender wage gap, pay livable wages to women who work in traditionally female jobs and prepare women to move into higher-paying job…
NOW Testimony on quoted on Retugers: “It’s unacceptable that many patients Mentor and Allergan were supposed to track were lost. Mentor’s approval should be rescinded right away. And Allergan should be required to conduct further studies.”
Danielle Hester of Loop21.com interviewed NOW President Terry O’Neill after charges were dropped against Dominique Strauss-Kahn: “The prosecutor’s decision will only make things worse for women and victims of sexual trauma. Women already fear that they w…
Womens eNews interviews NOW President Terry O’Neill about Congress’s debt super committee: “Women’s groups will have to work very hard to ensure that programs such as domestic violence prevention, women’s health services, child care and job training are…
NOW is making news today in The Huffington Post. Shahien Nasiripour reports on NOW’s action alert concerning Elizabeth Warren’s nomination to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
NOW Vice President Erin Matson interviewed by Ben Evans of the Associated Press about Democratic Congressman Alan Grayson making a sexist remark about a former lobbyist for Enron: “Amid growing criticism from across the political spectrum, Rep. Alan Gra…
NOW President Terry O’Neill is quoted in this article by Mimi Hall for USA Today on how the new White House Council on Women and Girls is assessing every government agency to see if its programs do enough to benefit women.
NOW President Terry O’Neill was interviewed for this article by Gil Kaufman on MTV.com about singer Chris Brown’s first televised interview since his assault of then-girlfriend Rihanna in February.