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National NOW Times >> Spring 2008  >> Article

Only Two Months Away!
National NOW Conference Comes to D.C. July 18-20

By Olga Vives, NOW Executive Vice President

Conference speakers include (clockwise from top-left): Patricia Ireland, Irshad Manji, Barbara Hillary, Nancy Redd.

Conference speakers include (clockwise from top-left): Patricia Ireland, Irshad Manji, Barbara Hillary, Nancy Redd.

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.

The annual conference will convene hundreds of activists, NOW leaders, members and supporters who will participate in a packed program of workshops, speakers and entertainment on Friday and Saturday, and a policy-making delegate session on Sunday. This year's conference will include a special session and workshops on global feminism issues and strategies, and will feature an exciting Political Organizing Institute.

Irshad Manji, who won Oprah Winfrey's first annual Chutzpah Award for "audacity, nerve, boldness and conviction," will be featured, along with Dr.Yakin Erturk of Turkey, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women. Nancy Redd, NY Times bestselling author of Body Drama will be joining us, along with former news anchor Carol Jenkins, who now heads the Women's Media Center. Check for added speakers at our conference website.

Former NOW President Patricia Ireland, who launched NOW's first global feminism project and Global Conference will be recognized as a "Woman of Vision." We will also honor two women who are receiving "Woman of Courage" awards at the conference Barbara Hillary, the first African American woman to reach the North Pole (at age 75 no less!), and Lilly Ledbetter, who took her pay discrimination case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and is traveling the country to win support for legislation restoring equal pay rights.

Read more about the conference speakers and honorees.

Here is a preview of a few of the 42 workshop and panels scheduled for the conference:

Young women face a unique set of challenges at work -- from temporary employment, short stints at many different jobs, gaps in their resumes and age discrimination -- as they work to earn respect, promotions and pay raises. Learn to advocate for your own interests without feeling uncomfortable, selfish or inappropriately pushy.

Women and communities of color were exploited by home mortgage lenders in the recent sub-prime debacle. Explore solutions for stopping unethical lending practices while helping low and moderate homeowners facing foreclosure.

Women candidates face unique challenges when running for public office. Discover how to overcome barriers to public service -- including how to fundraise, get your message out, validate your candidacy, and win!

There are scores of unsolved murders of women in Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua, Mexico. Learn how we can use international and regional human rights treaties to bring justice to the women of Mexico.

For more workshops and program updates, check the conference site. Don't miss this exciting weekend. Take advantage of the early bird registration and the special hotel rate now! Registration is open to all, and a sliding scale fee is available to NOW members. For more information or to register off-line, please call 202-628-8669, ext. 117.

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