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National NOW Times >> Spring 2003

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Among the woman leaders marching for peace and justice on March 8 were NOW President Kim Gandy (center), Cheri Honkala of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union (left of Gandy) and author Alice Walker (far right).
Among the woman leaders marching for peace and justice on March 8 were NOW President Kim Gandy (center), Cheri Honkala of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union (left of Gandy) and author Alice Walker (far right). Photo by Lisa Bennett
NOW Calls for Peace as Bush Wages War
More than 15,000 women, men and children marched to the White House on International Women's Day to demand that President Bush not launch a pre-emptive strike against Iraq.

Bush Administration Trying to Bench Female Athletes
The Title IX Commission has recommended a series of complicated but deadly changes to the Title IX standards that will devastate girls' and women's sports programs.

It's Been Twenty Years! Presidential Candidates Invited to Debate
The 2003 National NOW Conference July 11-13 is the first national NOW conference in the Washington, D.C., area since 1983. It's also been two decades since we've invited the presidential candidates.

NOW Fights Back Against New Abortion Rights Threats
The Supreme Court ruled in NOW v. Scheidler Feb. 26 that anti-abortion extremists had not engaged in extortion during their violent campaign to shut down abortion clinics nationwide.

A Proud History of Women Advocating for Peace
While the legacy of women's peace movements over the last century is inspiring, it is not well known or well documented. The NOW Times presents a piece of that history.

Save Affirmative Action
The outcome of two University of Michigan affirmative action cases will determine whether the U.S. continues to move toward opportunities for all or backtracks toward resegregation.

It's About Discrimination
Women's rights and civil rights supporters headed to Georgia this April for the prestigious Masters golf tournament—not to watch the event, but to protest its home, the Augusta National Golf Club.

"Good Doctor" Frist Doesn't Care About Women's Health
What George W. Bush doesn't want you to know about his close friend, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, is that Frist is rabidly anti-abortion and is using his Senate position to protect his family's fortune in the health care industry.

Vives Meets with Women Under Siege in Israel and the West Bank
NOW Action Vice President Olga Vives recently joined a delegation of women leaders, including Eve Ensler and Jane Fonda, on a trip to the Middle East to discuss peace and coexistence with Egyptian, Jordanian, Palestinian and Israeli women.

Supreme Court Reviews Anti-Lesbian and Gay Law
Imagine being arrested, jailed and prosecuted for having consensual sex with your partner. It's a brutal reality for same-sex couples across the country: Sodomy laws outlaw sex between people of the same gender and still exist on the books in 13 states.

Saving the Courts Crucial to Women's Rights
Working in lock-step with the Republican-controlled Senate, George W. Bush is using his presidential power to ram through a parade of jurists who are hostile to women's rights and civil rights.

Legislative Update: Bush Budget Extends Deficit, Women's Rights Under Attack
At a time in which three million workers have lost their jobs in the last two years, the Senate demonstrated a bit of fiscal restraint by slashing George W.'s outrageous ten-year $726 billion tax cut package to $350 billion.

TV Commercials Exploit, Ridicule or Sideline Women
Numerous women and men contacted NOW to complain about last football season's sexist beer ads, so we thought it was time to tune in, with a feminist eye, to this year's Super Bowl commercials.

Kopp Guilty in Murder of Dr. Barnett Slepian
After nearly five years, James C. Kopp, the anti-abortion extremist who shot and killed Dr. Barnett Slepian, an ob-gyn in suburban Buffalo, N.Y., was found guilty.

Military "Don't Tell" Policy Hushes Up Sexual Assault
After dozens of current and former female cadets at the Air Force Academy have come forward to report the academy's mistreatment of women who were raped or sexually assaulted by male cadets, the Academy has removed four top officials.

NOW Acts
Women's rights activists across the U.S. celebrated the 30th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, picketed outside local Wal-Marts to protest unacceptable employment practices, and recognized outstanding local women.

Meet the 2004 Presidential Candidates at the National Conference this July!
The 2004 elections may be the most important political event in decades for women's rights in the U.S.

Proposed Amendments to National NOW Bylaws
Proposals to be decided at the 2003 National NOW Conference include holding national conferences and issue summits on alternate years and adding a young feminist seat requirement on the National Board.

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