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How Secular Liberals Should Talk to Religious Conservatives

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 »

Washington Post Defends George Will’s Atrocious Rape Column

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.

NOW: Post should drop George Will column

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.”

EXCLUSIVE: NOW President Calls On Washington Post to Drop George Will Over Rape Column

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.’”

Karen DeCrow, former NOW president, honored by Rep. Dan Maffei in House speech (video)

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.”

NOW president promotes Women’s Equality Agenda

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.

How the #YesAllWomen Hashtag Began

Terry O’Neill is quoted in this piece on #YesAllWomen and Twitter’s response to the Isla Vista murders.

‘Freedom of ’ and ‘Freedom from’

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.”

23 Ways Feminism Has Made the World a Better Place for Men

Thanks to feminist activists and organizations like NOW, everyone’s lives are getting better–including men’s…. Read more »

Alternative to Pap Test is Approved by F.D.A.

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…. Read more »

Supreme Court Tackles Obamacare Contraception Controversy

Terry O’Neill explains that Hobby Lobby and companies like it are using corporate “religious freedom” as an excuse to oppress workers’ rights…. Read more »

GOP Senate candidate mocks ‘war on women’

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…. Read more »

How Big Data Could Undo Our Civil Rights Laws

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…. Read more »

NOW state rep talks with the TransAdvocate about TERFs, trans-inclusion and civil rights

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 »

Equal Pay Day – Gap bigger in Louisiana

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…. Read more »

New Fed chief Janet Yellen lets a long career of breaking barriers speak for itself

NOW’s campaign to get Janet Yellen selected as the new Federal Reserve Chair is paying off…. Read more »

The Ed Show 2/7/2014

Terry speaks on voter turnout during the midterms and other feminist priorities on Ed Shultz’s radio show…. Read more »

Montana Judge Admits Fault For Blaming Rape Victim In State Supreme Court Filing

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 »

‘Female Viagra’ finds difficult path at FDA

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 »

30 Days In Prison Is Enough for Rapist, Defense Attorneys Say

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 »

Lawyers seek dismissal in Mississippi stillborn-death case

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…. Read more »

Montana Rape Cases Draw Scrutiny

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…. Read more »

In Maryland governor’s race, Mizeur criticizes Brown plan to help women as ‘lip service’

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 »

Why Does the US Still Have So Few Women in Office?

Women are still drastically underrepresented in government, despite the hard work that groups like NOW have done to get women elected…. Read more »

My Custody Battle With Bode Miller

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 »

What’s a ‘WILD’ Woman and What Does It Mean for the Labor Movement?

Women are essential to the labor movement–just ask Terry O’Neill, who spoke at the AFL-CIO’s WILD conference…. Read more »

Measure of a man? Feminists, gays and societal shifts are eroding macho stereotypes

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 »

Activists and Families March Against Stand Your Ground

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 »

Marissa Alexander Supporters Urge Governor to Suspend Angela Corey

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…. Read more »

Massachusetts Senate Votes for Childbirth Without Chains

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 »

Congress: Obama Must Press Saudi Arabia on Human Rights

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.”… Read more »

Hobby Lobby Case: ‘About Labor Rights and Religious Extremism, Not Birth Control’

“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 »

Pennsylvania NOW Endorses Billy Smith

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…. Read more »

PHOTOS: Thousands Brave The Snow To Protest Hobby Lobby’s Supreme Court Case

“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…. Read more »

Birth Control is About Sex, So Why Aren’t We Admitting It?

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…. Read more »

Memo to AOL: This is what’s really distressed

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.”

Wily Wendy: Media, Political Opponents Employ Sexist Rhetoric Against Wendy Davis Campaign

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…

Celebvocate: Kelly Rutherford on equal rights in family court

Actress Kelly Rutherford attends a lunch in honor of the NOW Foundation for its work in the family court system.

NOW President: Attacks on Roe v. Wade being fought at all levels

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.

Social Security benefits may be on table in budget talks

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…

Women hit Statehouse to protest new abortion restrictions

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.”

Terry O’Neil on Reproductive Rights

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.”

The Left Won’t Be Happy Until Janet Yellen Is Federal Reserve Chair

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…

Why Larry Summers Won’t Lead the Fed

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…

Arizona to deny driver’s licenses to all deferred deportees

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…

Elizabeth Warren Was Mostly Absent In The Left’s Fight Against Larry Summers

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.”

With Summers Out, Will Obama Turn To Yellen For Fed Post?

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…

Janet Yellen Now Fed Chair Front-Runner, Sources Tell The Wall Street Journal

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…

With Summers Out, Will Obama Turn To Yellen For Fed Post?

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…

Larry Summers’ Federal Reserve Job Sunk By Liberal-Populist Coalition, Deep-Pocket Donors

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…

Watch 100 Women Risk Arrest for Immigration Reform

Von Diaz provides video via Colorlines of the September 12, 2013 immigration reform civil disobedience.

Women’s Groups Rally for Immigration Reform

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…

Weil on Finance: Huffpo Crows

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.”

The Populist Rebellion That Tripped Up Larry Summers

John Nichols writes for The Nation: “Like many progressive organizations, NOW expressed discomfort with the approach Summers has taken to core economic questions.”

Will there be justice in 14-year-old rape victim’s case?

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…

Women’s groups push Janet Yellen for Fed job

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.”

Montana appeals 30-day rape sentence for former teacher

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.”

Looks Like Larry Summers Nomination Doesn’t Appeal To Religious Groups, Either

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…

Women play larger role in 2nd March on Washington

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…

GOP has ‘doubled down on its war against women’: NOW president

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…

Women’s groups go on attack against Weiner

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.”

NOW holds discussion on diversity issues

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…

Transgender issues discussed at NOW conference

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…

Political roundtable held at NOW conference

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…

NOW focus includes marriage equality

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…

Where Are We NOW?

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…

Fayetteville residents add voices to Moral Monday protests in Raleigh

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,…

Chicago hosts NOW conference

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.”

Women May Get Into Augusta Easier Than Energy CEO Role

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…

Will Hillary break the glass ceiling?

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.

Walmart Strikers Target Waltons, as NOW Calls Out Obamas

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.”

WAT’s Proust Questionnaire: Terry O’Neill Blazing a Trail for Women

NOW President Terry O’Neill answers Women Around Town’s Proust questionnaire.

Obama needs a Plan B on emergency contraception

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…

Access to Health Care and Birth Control Is a Civil Right

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?

Obama Picks Nominees for Commerce Dept. and Trade Representative

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…

Critics want FDA to remove age limit on over-the-counter Plan B One-Step

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.”

Women’s Health Groups Slam Obama Administration’s Fight To Maintain Age Restrictions On Plan B

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…

Obama doubles down to defend restrictions on the morning-after pill

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.’”

Plan B available for 15-year-olds: Bring a passport

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…

Feminist group to Obama administration: Lift all age restrictions on morning after pill

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…

Obama speech to Planned Parenthood a first in US presidency

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.

Top Links: The chained CPI debate and the Obama budget’s last dig at Romney

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…

Amid criticism, Obama begins sales pitch on budget plan

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…

Obama on budget deal: ‘Not all these ideas are optimal’

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.”

Obama may trade one flawed Social Security formula for another

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…

2 million “no benefit cuts” signatures delivered to White House (video)

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…

Liberals balk at Obama’s 2nd-term overtures to GOP

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…

NOW: Obama betraying, swindling, cheating women

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…

Three Arguments Against Same-Sex Marriage (And Why They Will Fail)

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…

Obamacare critics’ big complaint: Contraceptives

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…

Here’s Obamacare’s most controversial regulation

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…

Argument preview: Marriage and the Court’s “friends”— Part I

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…

NOW President talks about women’s future during Women’s History Month

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…

In Pittsburgh Visit, NOW President Encourages Women to Pursue STEM Fields

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.

Austerity Budget Cuts Disproportionately Affect Women

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…

Steubenville rape trial begins

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…

NOW’s Terry O’Neill: Arkansas abortion law poses ‘a real threat to Roe v. Wade’

Watch NOW president Terry O’Neill was on Current TV’s “Viewpoint” discussing Arkansas’ restrictive abortion bill. Also interviewed is Slate’s Amanda Marcotte.

GOP continues the war on women

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

Grayson: Obama must not give in to GOP’s ‘unquenchable thirst to hurt the needy’

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…

In domestic violence bill, long-awaited victory for women’s groups

“‘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…

Obama Cabinet picks add diversity, but still frustrate White House allies

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…

Obama nominations: Will they silence diversity critics?

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…

GOP Caves, Stops Blocking Violence Against Women Act

Adam Serwer of Mother Jones interviewed NOW president Terry O’Neill on the Violence Against Women Act: “

100 years after suffrage march, activists walk in tradition of Inez Milholland

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…

House to vote on Violence Against Women Act measures

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…

Pritzker Choice Could Cause Rift

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…

This Season’s Paul Ryan? Eric Cantor Takes On VAWA

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…

Terry O’Neill Executive director of NOW discusses violence against women

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.

US Senate renews domestic violence bill despite Republican opposition

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.…

Will Eric Cantor and House Republicans attempt to block the Violence Against Women Act?

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…

House GOP In A Bind On Violence Against Women Act

NOW president Terry O’Neill is quoted in this article at Talking Points Memo

Fifty Years After “The Feminine Mystique”

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.

Senate Passes Re-Authorization of the Violence Against Women Act, and Now It’s On to the House

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…

40 years after Roe v. Wade, states seek to limit abortions

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…

The debate over Roe v. Wade, 40 years later

Terry O’Neill, president of NOW, was on MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” on the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision.

Nation marks 40th anniversary of Roe

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.”

Roe v. Wade Turns 40

Terry O’Neill, president of NOW, was interviewed by Dennis J. Bernstein for

When did Violence Against Women become a partisan issue?

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.

Anti-Abortion Agenda Resumes Absent National Attention

Terry O’Neill appears on The Rachel Maddow Show to discuss state legislation restricting women’s access to reproductive health services.

Congress lets Violence Against Women Act wither away

Jamil Smith quotes NOW President Terry O’Neill in this piece on the Violence Against Women Act for MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry.

DNC ‘Abortion-Palooza’ Nickname Misses The Mark

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.”

At DNC Charlotte, taking the ‘war on women’ seriously

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.

Pussy Riot case sparks free speech, feminism discussions worldwide

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.”

‘God’s Little Shield’: A Short History Of The False No-Pregnancy-From-Rape Theory

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.

‘Bring It’: Women’s Groups Want To Go Toe To Toe With Romney On The Economy

“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.

‘Family Care’ Benefit Could Fix Retiree Pay Gap

“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.

Paul Ryan targeted on women’s issues

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.”

Single-Payer Champions Out-Hawk Ryan on Deficit

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.”

The Romney-Ryan Budget: Taking Aim at Women’s Health Care

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…

NOW, Other Feminist Groups Endorse Obama, Expect More In Second Term

“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 Endorses Obama

“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.”

Economic Recovery Slower For Women Due To Public Sector Job Cuts, Report Finds

“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.”

NOW Blasts ‘Radical Right-Wing Men’ Behind DC Abortion Bill

“[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.”

Republicans Slam Obamacare Using Pro-Choice Language

“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.”

Terry O’Neill Weighs In On ACA, “A Huge Relief To Women”

“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.”

Women aren’t principal news sources on women’s issues, 4th Estate analysis finds

“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.”

Bill Banning “Selective Sex” Abortions Fails in House

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.

NOW Benefits from Campaigns’ Focus on Women’s Issues

“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.”

‘War On Women’ Only Seen By Third Of Female Poll Respondents

“[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.”

Paycheck Fairness Act Fails in Senate

“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.”

Rise of the Mainstream Feminist

“[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.”

Fighting for Women

NOW Action Vice President Erin Matson was featured in a PBS “To The Contrary” round-table discussion entitled “Fighting for Women.”

NOW President Returns Fire on Limbaugh

“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.”

Slideshow: GOP War on Women

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.”

Interview: What Nancy Keenan’s resignation means to pro-choice activists

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.”

Focus on Hillary Clinton’s appearance sparks criticism

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.”

Groups pan GOP’s Violence Against Women bill

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.”

The Politics Of The Domestic Violence Bill

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.

Let’s beef up Social Security benefits instead of cutting them

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.

National Organization For Women Targets Limbaugh With ‘Enough Rush’ Campaign

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.

ABC hints at B-word in 2 new shows about women

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.”

Augusta National a powerful holdout among men-only clubs

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.”

IBM Facing Golf Gender Bias After Fighting Racial Barriers

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.

Poll: More women voters backing Obama

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.”

Woman Voters For Obama: Gender Gap Favoring President Is Wider Now Than In 2008

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.”

The Battle Over Women Voters

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.”

Reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act

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.

Women step up protests after Va. ultrasound law passes

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.”

Terry O’Neill, NOW President, Says Women Need To Vote In State Races

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.

Limbaugh apologizes for ‘two words’, Fluke rejects apology

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.

Senate Narrowly Defeats Anti-Contraception Bill as Reproductive Rights Come Under Sustained Attack

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.

Republican War on Women Rages On

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.

Anti-abortion bills pass Virginia House

NOW President Terry O’Neill speaks with Rev. Al Sharpton on Politics Nation to discuss two recent anti-abortion bills introduced in Virginia.

Congressional hearing on birth control excludes women

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.

Will Obama compromise on birth control?

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.

Aftermath for Komen funding controversy

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.

Komen Foundation Leader Steps Down

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?

Trent Franks Of Arizona Introduces Ban On Late-Term Abortions In DC

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…

Pro-choicers demonstrate: ‘Abortion on demand and without apology!’

Caroline May of The Daily Caller interviewed NOW President Terry O’Neill about the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade:

Anti-Abortion Group Sends Children With Teddy Bears To Lobby Lawmakers

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…

Women’s Groups Incensed Over Obama Morning-After Pill Decision

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: Biden’s rape claims are legitimate

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.’”

Cuts in benefits, services are unfair to women

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…

Women Recovering From Recession At Significantly Slower Pace Than Men, New Study Shows

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…

It’s a strong season for women-led TV shows, but are the women strong characters?

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…

Women’s groups dress down Scott Brown

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…

Congress Wants Planned Parenthood Records

NOW Action Vice President Erin Matson calls Planned Parenthood investigation “merely the latest republican led attack,” on WUSA9.

Walmart Investing in Women

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…

Obama Jobs Plan: Women Pleasantly Surprised

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…

Consumer groups: Stop sale of J&J breast implants

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.”

DSK: What Does it All Mean?

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…

NOW Sees Dangerous Deficit-Slashing Season Ahead

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 Questions Obama’s Reluctance to Nominate Elizabeth Warren, Asks Whether Sexism at Play

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.

‘Die quickly’ Democrat Kicks Up New Controversy

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…

Women’s Rights a Priority for Obama Panel

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.

Chris Brown On ‘Larry King’: Domestic-Violence Experts Weigh In

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.