National NOW Times >> Summer, 2000 >> Article
Names Kane New Action Vice
At its June 27, 2000, meeting NOW's National Board
selected Loretta Kane, by acclamation, the organization's new Action Vice
President. The office was vacated in April when Elizabeth Toledo accepted
a position as Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task
In her new role, Kane is responsible for the development and
implementation of NOW's action programs; the direction of demonstrations
of up to hundreds of thousands of participants; the supervision of key
issue programs and field projects; and the coordination of grassroots
actions by NOW's 500 chapters throughout the nation.
appointment, Kane expressed her enthusiasm: "I am excited and honored to
serve as NOW's Action Vice President. I look forward to the challenges and
opportunities we face this fall."
Kane brings a wealth of
experience to NOW's team of officers. For the past 12 years she has worked
on staff in the national Action Center, most recently as NOW's Chief of
Staff for Field and Communications. Kane is a seasoned organizer who has
worked with NOW members in cities and towns across the nation to organize
clinic defense projects and train hundreds of people in the techniques of
non-violent action. She has traveled the country to aid NOW activists with
organizing efforts following terrorist attacks at women's health clinics.
Kane conceptualized NOW's Women-Friendly Workplace campaign, which
aims to impress upon companies that discrimination is not only bad
business, it is bad for business. She has coordinated actions to protest
harassment and discrimination in workplaces from brokerage firms on Wall
Street to automotive assembly lines in the Rust Belt.
to electoral politics, Kane has worked in NOW/PAC campaigns to elect
feminists from coast-to-coast. She has participated in a number of
referendum and ballot measure projects-including the successful campaign
to defeat Maine's proposed abortion procedures ban just last year.
Kane has worked-as a volunteer or staff member-on every national,
mass action organized by NOW since 1986. She served as the deputy director
of the 1992 March for Women's Lives and as the director of both the 1995
Rally for Women's Lives and the 1996 March to Fight the Right.
Additionally, she has organized countless "zap" actions, rallies, protests
and pickets in Washington, D.C., and has worked with activists across the
country on demonstrations in their communities.
Kane is also a
dedicated local activist. During her two terms as president of Capital
City NOW, the chapter doubled its membership and budget. She has served as
her chapter's vice president, treasurer and secretary. She finished her
second term as the secretary of 51st State NOW this June.
to her NOW experience, Kane is a business professional with 20 years of
management experience. As a market trainer for a Fortune 500 company, she
developed and implemented the entry-level management and crew training for
21 stores. She was also a store manager with fiduciary responsibility for
a high-volume restaurant with a staff of 125 people and annual net sales
of $1.7 million.
Born in the Bronx, Kane is now a devoted
Washingtonian who is committed to the struggle for D.C. Statehood. An out
lesbian, she shares her Capitol Hill home with her partner of 12 years and
their four companion animals.
Kane is excited about leading NOW's
field team as they build for the World March for Women 2000 on October 15.
"The World March of Women 2000 will kick-off the final weeks of
organizing for the elections. It will be the springboard for feminist
victories in November," Kane promised.