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National NOW Times >> Winter, 2001

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NOW Targets Senate for Emergency Campaign to Save the Supreme Court
For many reasons, this was an election that will go down in history. No matter what the ultimate resolution of the presidential election, women voters turned the pundits' predictions inside out.

Women of the World Unite to End Poverty and Violence
Thousands of women, men and children marched in front of the White House, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in the first-ever international action to call for an end to violence against women and poverty.

FDA Approval of Mifepristone Immediately Targeted
On Sept. 29, 2000, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its approval of mifepristone—previously known as RU-486, and now by its new trade name Mifeprex—in the United States.

World's Women to U.N. - We've Only Just Begun
The World March of Women that took place in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 15, 2000, was just the beginning of a series of events calling for a safer and more equal world for women.

Women's Health Symposium Draws Visitors from Around the Globe
Co-sponsored by the NOW Foundation, Women's Institute on Sport and Education (WISE), and the White House Millennium Council, the Women's International Symposium on Health (WISH) was held Oct. 14-16, 2000, in conjunction with the World March of Women in Washington, D.C.

Viewpoint - An Evolving Concept of Equality Benefits Us All
At the World March of Women protest in Washington, D.C., we were reminded of three internationally-accepted principles the Kensington Welfare Rights Union cites in its Economic Human Rights Campaign.

NOW Advocates for More Diverse Representation in U.S. Government
"We are tired of a government that purports to represent all of the people, but resembles a corporate boardroom," says NOW President Patricia Ireland. "That is why NOW is initiating an education campaign on reforming our winner-take-all voting system in order to elect more feminist candidates to office."

NOW Media Campaign Keeps Watch on Primetime Programming
NOW's Watch Out, Listen Up! media campaign, which began last February, is not over yet. Media monitors are already hard at work gathering data for an analysis of primetime programming and advertisements for a report to be issued at the beginning of 2001.

Love Your Body Day Becoming a Popular Tradition
NOW Foundation's Sept. 20 Love Your Body Day was the biggest celebration yet in the campaign's three-year history. Activists from across the country held events to bring attention to negative images of women and girls in advertisements and media.

NOW Reader Survey - Fall 2000

Legislative Update
Feminists finally did it! Legislation re-authorizing the Violence Against Women Act was signed by President Clinton on Oct. 28, setting funding for VAWA programs at a landmark $3.33 billion over the next five years.

Activists March Online with
A new form of activism – a Virtual March – made its debut at to encourage online activism and to allow far-flung activists to experience the World March of Women 2000.

Women Voters Make the Difference in Key Races
George Bush would have tied up Florida 53 to 43% for an electoral college victory; instead, women’s 54 to 44% vote in the state kept Gore’s hopes for Florida’s 25 electoral votes alive.

NOW Acts
This fall, NOW chapters throughout the country organized get-out-the-vote efforts in their communities, picketed candidates George W. Bush and Dick Cheney in NOW's Bush- Whacker campaign, held events for the NOW Foundation's Love Your Body Day, and organized delegations to attend the World March of Women 2000.






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