Press Releases for 2014

Court Sides With Hobby Lobby, Joins War on Women

Displaying a shocking disregard for women’s health and lives, the Supreme Court ruled today in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby that corporations may, in the name of religious “beliefs,” strip contraception from their employer-based health plans.

NOW on the Passing of Karen DeCrow

The National Organization for Women (NOW) was saddened to hear of the passing of Karen DeCrow, president of NOW from 1974-77.

NOW Applauds Focus on Communities of Color in “My Brother’s Keeper” Initiative, Urges President Obama to Include Girls and Young Women of Color

The National Organization for Women (NOW) applauds President Obama’s refocusing the nation’s attention, through the “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, on the deep racial disparities in education, economic well-being, housing and health care facing people of color. At the same time, we share the concerns expressed by over 200 African American men in their letter urging the president to expand this promising initiative to include girls and women of color — who live in the same households, suffer in the same under-resourced schools, and struggle to overcome a common history of limited opportunities caused by various forms of discrimination.

The Passing of an Icon

Yesterday, the world lost writer and activist Maya Angelou. Her work forced a country to recognize the intersections of race and gender, played out in the life of one extraordinary woman.

National NOW Encouraged by Decision in Rambold Case

NOW President Terry O’Neill applauds the work of NOW chapters on this case. “Montana NOW and Pennsylvania NOW have been on the frontlines in a case that is a snapshot of rape culture in action in the United States. The Court’s ruling shows that grassroots organizing can make all the difference. Once again, local NOW activists have gone above and beyond to make real change in their communities.”

NOW Applauds Efforts by White House Task Force to Prevent Campus Sexual Assault

WASHINGTON - Today, the White House Task Force to protect students from sexual assault released a report that includes results from 27 listening sessions over the last three months as well as recommendations on best practices for colleges to address sexual assault. With one in five women being sexually assaulted while in college, these efforts are… Read more »

NOW Applauds President Obama’s Executive Orders on Equal Pay Day

WASHINGTON – Today marks Equal Pay Day – a stark reminder that women still make less than their male counterparts in the workplace. On average, what a man earns in 12 months will take a woman a little over 15 months to make. Though we still have a great deal of progress to go, we… Read more »