What is NOW?

NOW stands for the National Organization for Women. NOW’s purpose is to take action through intersectional grassroots activism to promote feminist ideals, lead societal change, eliminate discrimination, and achieve and protect the equal rights of all women and girls in all aspects of social, political, and economic life.

What does NOW do?

NOW strives to:

  • eliminate discrimination and harassment in the workplace, schools, the justice system, and all other sectors of society;
  • secure abortion, birth control and reproductive rights for all women;
  • end all forms of violence against women;
  • eradicate racism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of discrimination;
  • promote equality and justice in our society.

NOW achieves its goals through grassroots political organizing, as well as national action campaigns.

Is NOW affiliated with any one political party?

No, NOW is a non-partisan organization. Candidates of all political parties are eligible for endorsement by NOW/PAC and by state and local NOW Political Action Committee.

How is NOW organized?

NOW draws its broad grassroots strength from a nationwide network of autonomous local chapters, which are chartered by national NOW and engage in a wide variety of action programs in their communities.

The national level of the organization is led by elected officers (the President and Vice President) and the national Board of Directors. These national leaders are responsible for implementing policy formulated at the annual National Conference, coordinating national actions, and providing membership services.