“I’m Not a Feminist…” “…but I am for equal rights.” “…because feminism is for angry girls.” “…feminism is a dirty word right now, and I don’t want to associate myself with that.” “…because I’m not a man-hater.” “…because I don’t need feminism.” In our day and age, the number of times I hear sentences… Read more »
Posts By: National Organization for Women
I was born and raised in an inner city neighborhood called Boyle Heights, which is east of Los Angeles. It is a neighborhood that is rich with Latino culture, but also populated by families who live at or below the poverty line. A neighborhood where many young women are dropping out of high school… Read more »
By Maxine Todd, NOW PAC Intern Even with a strong feminist history, it is still hard to fully deconstruct implicit biases we’ve all been socialized to have. Since elementary school girls who talk too much are looked down upon as social butterflies or chatty cathys who gossip too much, while boys can talk just as… Read more »
By Maxine Todd, NOW PAC Intern As a young woman, I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to elect the first woman president. It is wonderful to see a candidate who I know has personally experienced the same problems and faces the same concerns that I have, as a woman in the U.S. While… Read more »
Last Wednesday, for the first time ever, the U.S. Senate decided to debate the Paycheck Fairness Act (PFA). This proposed law, sponsored in the Senate by Barbara Mikulski (MD-D), would strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued guidelines suggesting that more women, as well as greater racial, ethnic and age diversity, be included in research trials by companies submitting drug and device applications for review and approval. Unfortunately, the agency stopped short of requiring that companies have greater diversity in their study populations and to study the drug’s effects in those sub-populations.
The Department of Labor (DOL) announced a proposed rule that would extend the definition of the word “spouse” with regard to the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to include same-sex couples working in states that do not recognize their marriage.
While plenty of my online nearest and dearest were just as outraged as I was, a certain kind of anti-sex positivity fueled many of the most heated posts I discovered. Behind every “Why should your boss pay for your birth control?” question, there was an implicit “Why are you even bringing up your sexuality right now? Put that away!”
The National Organization for Women has advocated for many years for policies that would value women’s unpaid caregiving work, either raising children or caring for dependent adults.
While we’ve got a century of distance from the Victorians, our social norms have not advanced as much as we’d like to believe. We still see sex, especially female sexuality, as something taboo at best and nonexistent at worst.