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National NOW Times >> Spring 2008

In This Issue

NOW PAC Endorsement of Hillary Clinton Leads to Spirited Organizing
Since the NOW Political Action Committee's endorsement of Senator Hillary Clinton for president of the United States in March 2007, NOW activists have been volunteering their time (and money) around the country, engaged in activities to promote her candidacy among the voters in the primary states.

Only Two Months Away! National NOW Conference Comes to D.C. July 18-20
Join us for the 2008 National NOW Conference on Friday, July 18, through Sunday, July 20, at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda in Bethesda, Md., a near suburb of Washington, D.C.

Ledbetter Demands Equal Pay, Congress Attempts to Undo Supreme Court Setback
At the center of the debate around equal pay for women is former Goodyear Tire employee Lilly Ledbetter. Invited to receive a Woman of Courage award at NOW's annual conference this year, Ledbetter has earned this badge of courage for standing up, speaking out, and filing a lawsuit asserting that she deserved redress for years of being paid less than similarly situated men at Goodyear.

Women Running to Win U.S. House Seats Across the Country
This is an exciting political season, and while many eyes are focused on the race for the White House, NOW's Political Action Committee has been busy interviewing and endorsing nearly 20 strong women who, if elected, will be new faces in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Needed: A Congress Willing to Tackle Hard Issues
A year after the Democrats took over leadership of both the House and the Senate, there has been little progress on NOW's feminist/progressive agenda, primarily because of repeated filibusters by the Republican minority in the Senate.

Proposed Amendments to National NOW Bylaws
The purpose of the following proposed amendments to the National NOW Bylaws are to allow for virtual NOW chapters that would exist on the Internet and would not be limited by a geographic location. Chaoter and at-large delegates will have the opportunity to vote on these changes at the 2008 National NOW Conference.

NOW PAC Calls on DNC to Count Florida's Votes
On April 30, the NOW Political Action Committee joined national and Florida allies in a rousing protest outside the Democratic National Committee (DNC) Headquarters-- calling on the party to count that state's primary votes now.

In This Issue

Summit Brings Activists and Experts Together for Economic Justice for Women
An inspiring and diverse mix of grassroots activists, academic researchers and program managers came together at the 2008 Summit on Economic Justice for Women in Atlanta, Ga., April 11-12. The summit was convened by the National Organization for Women Foundation, the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) and the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW).

NOW Foundation Says "Let the Women Jump!" in 2010 Winter Olympics
The next Winter Olympics will take place in 2010 well into the 21st century yet women ski jumpers still are not permitted to compete at their sport's highest level. The NOW Foundation is calling on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to right this wrong immediately.

Ignorance and Venom: The Media's Deeply Ingrained Sexism
For more than a year, NOW Foundation has been inundated with emails and calls from people incensed by the heightened sexism in the media these days. When Nancy Pelosi became the first woman Speaker of the House, she was subjected to gender-based jeers and endless comments about her clothes. No woman in the public eye, from Katie Couric to Michelle Obama, is exempt.

Abstinence-Only Education Just Says No to the Truth
While our president and his allies believe that talking to teenagers about sex is equivalent to putting them in a room together, naked, with instructions to try out their parts we are learning firsthand the dangers of abstinence-only education. Yes, having teen sex talks can be awkward for both parents and educators alike; but the alternative is worse. More teens are having sex without knowing the facts or the consequences, and abstinence-only funding is to blame.

Overcoming Distortion and Fear on Transgender Rights
The nationwide efforts to pass the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which adds "gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and disability" to the list of groups protected from hate crimes, is a top priority of NOW and the LGBT community and many national and local groups. But it has also drawn fire from right-wing websites, organizations and agitators bent on sowing hatred and division.

A New Front in the War on Women's Rights
This November, women's reproductive rights will be put before the voters in at least five states. Heavily funded by right-wing religious and political extremists, the effort is part of a strategy they hope will turn out voters to elect like-minded politicians while placing new limits on women's access to reproductive health care.

Domestic Partner and Marriage, Adoption Bans on November Ballots
Several ballot initiatives and state constitutional amendments this fall, as well as several state legislatures, will consider whether to restrict the legal rights of same-sex and other cohabiting couples, or limit their ability to receive equal benefits through marriage or domestic partnerships.

Opponents of Equal Opportunity Determined to Protect Their Privilege
The right wing is at it again, gathering signatures in Colorado, Missouri, Arizona and Nebraska to place anti-affirmative action initiatives on the ballot in November. For months, Ward Connerly and his band of anti-opportunity crusaders have been working overtime to make sure that the anti-woman, anti-affirmative action initiatives have enough qualified signatures to get on the ballots.

Feminist Super Bowl AdWatch Finds Few Women, But Plenty of Demeaning Stereotypes
"Where were the women?" asked monitors in NOW Foundation's 2008 Feminist Super Bowl AdWatch. So why were we watching Super Bowl ads? Because for advertisers who pay millions for a 30-second spot, this is a highly-competitive opportunity to showcase their best and most creative concepts. When advertisers are doing their very best work, where do they put women?

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