ACTION ALERT: Care Infrastructure in Danger

Care Infrastructure in Build Back Better Act, Other Provisions in Danger – Act NOW  BACKGROUND  THE ISSUE: Democrats will be scaling back the $3.5 trillion price tag for the Build Back Better Act (BBBA) because of demands by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). Their opposition threatens chances of success for many of our priorities for Read more …

Democratic Party Platform is Most Progressive Ever; GOP Platform Nutty and Dangerous

The 2016 Democratic Platform, cited as the most progressive in the party’s history, was released in draft form on July 1 and will be voted on at the Democratic National Convention, July 25 – 28, in Philadelphia. The platform signals a moment of optimism and hope for the future in an election season marked by pervasive and blatant attacks against women, people of color, immigrants, Muslims and a slew of other groups targeted by the Republican Party. The Democratic Platform contains provisions that — if achieved — would result in large and long-awaited victories for feminists.

Why I Support Universal Health Care: A Right, Not a Privilege

National NOW board member Joanne Tosti-Vasey, on her personal blog, writes: “My life was threatened by the multi-company, private health insurance system we currently have. I received a bone marrow transplant in 1989 from my identical twin sister. Althou…

Universal Health Care: Can We Afford Anything Less?

Gerald Friedman writes on truthout: “It is not cost pressures on providers that are driving up health-care costs; instead, costs are rising because of what economists call transaction costs, the rising cost of administering and coordinating a system that…

Health Care Reform Victory Comes with Tragic Setback for Women’s Rights

As a longtime proponent of health care reform, I truly wish that the National Organization for Women could join in celebrating the historic passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. It pains me to have to stand against what many see as a major achievement. But feminist, progressive principles are in direct conflict with many of the compromises built into and tacked onto this legislation.

NOW on Bush’s State of the Union Speech: Careful Words Obscure Old Agenda

NOW President Kim Gandy responds to Bush’s State of the Union speech: “He didn’t extend his conciliatory tone to the programs he offered, or to the ones he didn’t offer. And warm words can’t change the sorry shape the country is in, after six years of Bush and the Republican-led Congress running it.”

NOW Hails House Passage of Build Back Better Agenda

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The House of Representatives made history today by passing President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda.  We are on the brink of completing the most transformative investment in families, children and caregiving in generations, with universal and free preschool for all 3-and 4-year olds, four weeks of paid and medical leave, and the largest investment in child care in the nation’s history.  The bill provides home health care for older Americans and people Read more …

Build Back Better for Women

This Saturday, NOW will be joining the Rally for Abortion Justice in Washington, D.C., along with more than 100 coalition partners.  We need to be on the front lines of the fight to defend access to reproductive healthcare, and that’s where we intend to stay.  That’s also why we’re working so hard to enact the Biden/Harris Build Back Better Agenda working Read more …

Mobilize for Abortion Rights

Sound the alarm! Our reproductive freedom is at stake. We need a massive mobilization to send a loud and clear message: We will defend Roe.  The Supreme Court (SCOTUS) has allowed a draconian anti-abortion bill (S.B. 8) to take effect in Texas, laying the groundwork for other states to do the same: essentially, overturning Roe v. Wade. Anti-choice extremists have Read more …

We Stand Up For Women Everywhere

As I wrote in this statement on Monday, following the collapse of the Afghan government, our hearts are breaking for the women and girls of Afghanistan.  Afterward, I read some comments in social media questioning why NOW was even getting involved in this issue – I firmly believe it’s our responsibility to care, speak out, and work with groups Read more …