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National NOW Times >> Summer 2002

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National NOW Conference Calls Feminists to Link Arms in Dangerous Times
Women face more challenges to our rights in 2002 than in years—that's why the 2002 National NOW conference is called 'Linking Arms in Dangerous Times.'

NOW activists demonstrated outside a Mardi Gras party held in Washington, D.C. They demanded an investigation of Bush's nominee for U.S. Attorney in New Orleans, Frederick Heebe, who had been accused of physical abuse by two women. Bush withdrew the nomination shortly thereafter. Love Your Body Day Turns Five!
The NOW Foundation will celebrate the fifth annual Love Your Body Day campaign on Oct. 16, promoting self-esteem and a healthy lifestyle.

Blocking Conservative Judges Key to Protecting Roe v. Wade
NOW chapters across the U.S. sent a clear message to the Senate and the Bush administration on March 8 that they will not permit women's hard-earned reproductive rights to be rolled back.

Pay Equity Still a Dream Worth Pursuing
This year's Equal Pay Day, April 16, passed by with the glass ceiling intact and full-time employed women still being paid only 73 cents for every dollar earned by men.

March Brings Attention to Poverty in the U.S. Amid Winter Olympic Spectacle
The "March for Our Lives" drew more than 400 participants, including poor and homeless families from across the U.S. and around the world.

Viewpoint: Will Bush Turn Back 35 Years of Women's Progress?
If we don't stop the nominations of dozens of right-wing appointees to lifetime appellate and district courts across the country, it will be too late to change this course for at least another generation.

Domestic and International Terrorists Have Religious Extremism in Common
The terrorists who committed acts of violence against abortion providers in the U.S. over the years are cut from the same cloth as those who bombed the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998 and attacked New York and Washington, D.C., in 2001.

A Girl's Right to Choose: Intersex Children and Parents Challenge Narrow Standards of Gender
Intersex Genital Mutilation is a common U.S. medical practice in which infants' genitals are cosmetically altered to more closely resemble medical ideals.

Attacks on Campus Feminism Spread Misinformation, Propaganda
Anti-women's-rights groups such as the Independent Women's Forum have launched an attack on what they call "victimology" feminism by spreading misinformation to college students.

Campaign Finance Reform Makes NOW's Political Action Committees More Important Than Ever
Rather than achieving equality of political voices, the McCain-Feingold bill will probably magnify the influence of many of our political opponents.

The Pieces of the NOW Puzzle: Assembled for You!

Legislative Update
Feminists celebrated a victory in March when the Senate Judiciary Committee voted against the judicial nomination of Charles Pickering, Sr.

U.S. Companies Support Gender Segregation in Saudi Arabia
At least three major U.S. companies — including McDonald's, Pizza Hut and Starbucks — are reportedly upholding gender apartheid in their franchise stores in Saudi Arabia.

Feminists Must Speak Out Against the Loss of Media Diversity
In the race for dominance, media companies are squeezing out what little diversity remains in the marketplace.

Texas Gives Green Light to Cents-Per-Mile Auto Insurance
NOW activists celebrated a victory recently with the passage of a new Texas state law that encourages insurance companies to let car owners buy auto insurance based on mileage.

Extraordinary Gifts Expand Reach of NOW Foundation
Thanks to two very generous donors, the NOW Foundation is gearing up to play an even more active role on behalf of women and girls in this country.

NOW Acts

Wrongfully Imprisoned Abortion Provider Released
Jailed abortion provider Dr. James Pendergraft was released on Feb. 27, 2002, pending a hearing on his appeal.

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