In preparation for President Obama’s trip to Saudi Arabia, NOW–along with several other non-profits–signed onto a Congressional letter urging our president to confront the Kingdom’s human rights abuses, which include “violations targeting women.”
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“Birth control is not even controversial except for in the minds of a very small — very vocal — but tiny sliver of extremists.” –Terry O’Neill, NOW President. Read more from Terry, and take in the beautiful pictures from the rally.
NOW and other women’s organizations have done a wonderful job spreading awareness of the absurdity that is Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Woods’ Supreme Court case, but too-often we overlook a simple fact: birth control is about sex.
Today Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed into law the disastrous bill that undermines union workers’ rights. Despite this enormous injustice, it’s heartening to note the many activists who stood up for the people. Wisconsin NOW strongly opposed Walker’s efforts and called attention to the fact that the bill targets unions comprised largely of women.
There’s been a lot of yammering recently about the death of feminism, how feminists are all old upper-middle class white women, and how women have achieved equality and need to stop whining about sexism because it’s a personal problem.
So, you’re committed to the cause and fired up for feminist activism. What now? How do you get informed on issues and decide what direction to take?
We were in Boston at the National NOW Conference’s Political Roundtable, where women politicians and women who worked in politics were discussing how to advance women’s rights through electoral politics.
Today the National Organization for Women opens its 2010 National NOW Conference at a critical time for women’s rights. Hundreds of feminist leaders and activists have gathered in Boston, Mass., to share information, ideas and strategies for addressing the huge challenges before us.
When Josie Ashton learned of the brutal murder of Gladys Ricart, a 39 year old Dominican woman killed by her ex-boyfriend on her wedding day, she became alarmingly concerned about the prevalence of domestic violence in the Latina community. News articles covering the murder depicted it as a “crime of passion,” and some members of Ricart’s family even said she may have had it coming.
Coming from humble beginnings on a Maui sugar plantation, Patsy Mink rose to become the first Asian American woman and first woman of color ever elected to Congress as a United States Representative for Hawaii. Winning her seat in 1965, Mink spent the four decades of her political career championing the rights of women, minorities, children, and the environment.