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National NOW Times >> Fall 2008

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NOW Political Action Committee Chair Kim Gandy announces NOW PAC's endorsement of the Obama-Biden ticket.  Gandy was joined at the press conference by Eleanor Smeal (left), president of the Feminist Majority, and Dr. E. Faye Williams (right), chair of the National Congress of Black Women, as well as other groups representing millions of women in the U.S.

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NOW Political Action Committee Chair Kim Gandy announces NOW PAC's endorsement of the Obama-Biden ticket. Gandy was joined at the press conference by Eleanor Smeal (left), president of the Feminist Majority, and Dr. E. Faye Williams (right), chair of the National Congress of Black Women, as well as other groups representing millions of women in the U.S.

Women Play Pivotal Role in '08 Elections
From the next U.S. president to the makeup of the 111th Congress, women will be a powerful voting force in this election. We have a chance to elect leaders who will undo some of the damage from the past eight years, restore our status in the world, and improve the lives of women and families.

What the Next President Can Do for Women and Girls
NOW President Kim Gandy writes: "I was asked recently to write a chapter on 'Women' for an upcoming Institute for Policy Studies book about what the next U.S. president needs to do for the country. . . . A whole book, of course, could be written on policies for women, but we were limited to one chapter. Never one to turn down a challenge, I attempted to squeeze in as many issues as I could..."

NOW Celebrates Women Leaders in Denver
On the first day of the 2008 Democratic Convention in Denver, NOW co-sponsored a Women's EqualiTea. Over 500 delegates and supporters braved anti-abortion protesters to attend the event. More than two dozen members of Congress spoke to the overflow crowd, which included many elected officials.

National NOW Officer Elections: Call for Nominations
National NOW Officer Elections will take place at the National NOW Conference, June 19-21, 2009. As called for in the NOW Bylaws, a team of four candidates is elected every four years to the offices of President, Executive Vice President, Action Vice President and Membership Vice President.. Nominations are due to the Nominating Committee no later than Feb. 27, 2009.

2008 National NOW Conference a "Super" Event
"No Capes, No Masks, No Boundaries: Feminist Super-Women Unite!" -- the 2008 National NOW Conference theme -- saluted the superhero in all of us. Hundreds of women and men from across the country gathered in Bethesda, Md., July 18-20. And the speakers, honorees, workshop presenters and participants truly were fantastic and very inspiring.

Viewpoint: Party Platforms Make Nov. 4 Decision Clear
Political party platforms aren't discussed or debated much anymore, which is too bad, because they reveal priorities and perspectives that might not make it into the candidates' speeches or through the media filters. NOW PAC Chair Kim Gandy takes a closer look at the two major party platforms in search of illumination beyond the daily sound bites and "horse race" reporting that make up most election coverage.

NOW Mourns Passing of Two Committed Activists

Remembering Del Martin
This summer the feminist and LGBT movements lost an extraordinary trailblazer. "Along with NOW activists everywhere, I am terribly saddened at the passing of longtime NOW and lesbian rights activist Del Martin," said NOW President Kim Gandy. "We extend our love and condolences to Del's wife, Phyllis Lyon, who was her partner in life and in activism for more than half a century."

Remembering Jana Mackey
Christie Brungard writes: "The most unlikely of domestic violence victims, my daughter, Jana Mackey, was found dead in her ex-boyfriend's home on July 3, 2008. Jana was a 25-year-old law school student at the University of Kansas, an advocate for women's rights, and had spent years volunteering to aid survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence."

Quotable Quotes from the 2008 NOW Conference
Fourteen fabulous feminists spoke at the National NOW Conference this year. Read quotes from syndicated columnist Marie Cocco, political organizer Jehmu Greene, former NOW president Patricia Ireland and more.

In This Issue

Dr. Dorothy I. Height at the Intrepid Gala

Dr. Dorothy I. Height at the Intrepid Gala

Katie Couric, accepting her Intrepid Award

Katie Couric, accepting her Intrepid Award

Beautiful Celebration of Six Intrepid Women
On July 17, the National Organization for Women and the NOW Foundation held their fifth annual Intrepid Awards Gala at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. A full house of social justice activists, elected officials, media executives and NOW supporters celebrated six courageous, fearless and bold women from a variety of fields.

Love Your Body Campaign Urges Women to Question Beauty Ideals
Women and girls are continually bombarded with images from entertainment and advertising that help define our culture's beauty ideal. Fashion magazines, celebrity blogs and TV shows like Make Me a Supermodel continue to push girls and women to try unhealthy fad diets to achieve unrealistic body types.

NOW Foundation Brings Feminist Voices to the Web, Engages Women Online
Women's rights activists are mobilizing online like never ever before. From social networking (like Love Your Body on Facebook) to Kim Gandy Twittering, NOW Foundation is cultivating feminist voices on the web.

Election Could Reverse Eight Years of Damage to Reproductive Rights
A new administration and new Congress could act quickly to reverse some of the damage done by the Bush administration and the right wing to women's reproductive heath policies and programs. Just for starters, eight important steps are covered.

Stop, Look, Listen and Act to End Domestic Violence
According to the National Network to End Domestic Violence, approximately 1,200 women a year -- three every day -- die in the United States as a result of domestic violence. One in six women has experienced rape or attempted rape. More than half of all rapes of women occur before they reach the age of 18, and more than one million women are stalked annually in the U.S.

Media Hall of Shame Calls Out Sexist Offenders
Media sexism has been a hot topic this election season, and the National Organization for Women took the lead in calling attention to the issue. For years, NOW and the NOW Foundation have addressed the inclusion and depiction of women in the media.

Immigrant Women Detainees Face Inhumane Treatment, Separation from Families
We all have read the headlines about Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo, where prisoners face long and arduous imprisonment that is both inhumane and degrading. Few of us know that right here in our country there are more than 400 local, state and federal "detention centers" housing 280,000-plus immigrants.

Legislative Update: Feminists Look to the Future With Agenda in Hand for Next Congress
For the past two years, conservative lawmakers have filibustered bill after bill that would protect our rights and fund human needs. Women and kids are spectators and innocent victims of this political dance, waiting in the wings while their programs and services are threatened, tabled, under-funded or ignored.

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