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.”

Strengthening Our Democracy – Safeguarding our Elections

The U.S. Postal Service should be adequately funded and safeguarded against sabotage. An emergency situation is growing with the Trump Administration’s directed attacks on the functions of the U.S. Postal Service. In 2006, a requirement that the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) should use its revenues to forward fund employees’ health care costs imposed a heavy Read more …

Sisters In Suffrage

Ida B. Wells-Barnett At one time, Ida B. Wells-Barnett was the most well-known Black woman in the country. She was an educator, pioneering journalist, an early leader in the civil rights movement and a founder of the NAACP. As an ardent suffragist, she worked with both white and African-American suffrage organizations. Wells-Barnett was awarded the 2020 Pulitzer Prize Read more …

Clinical Trials and Medication Shortages

April 13, 2020  As the COVID-19 pandemic challenges our health care system and our society, we must ensure that already-marginalized groups are not further left out of critical conversations during this time. As pharmaceutical companies and researchers conduct clinical trials for COVID-19 treatment and vaccines, women of all ages and ethnicities must be taken into consideration and involved in this process.   Historically, Read more …

National Organization for Women PAC Endorses Elizabeth Warren for President

The National Organization for Women Political Action Committee (NOW PAC) is proud to endorse Senator Elizabeth Warren as the 46th President of the United States. NOW PAC is the political arm of NOW, the largest grassroots feminist organization in the country. The PAC evaluates federal candidates on their record and uncompromising dedication to the core Read more …