Posts Categorized: Constitutional Equality

Is the Equal Rights Amendment finally on the cusp of passage?

Minnesota will be center stage for conversations about women’s rights. Leaders of the feminist movement will gather in the Twin Cities in mid-July for the annual conference of the National Organization for Women.

NOW Stands with Shelby Week, Urges Restoration of the Voting Rights Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The 19th Amendment’s promise of suffrage for women unfortunately did not provide actual safe access to the ballot box for women of color, nor did it include nationwide suffrage for American Indian women. It took the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965 to finally outlaw discriminatory voting practices that were hijacking our democracy from people… Read more »

Rhode Island Makes It Clear — Abortion Care Is Health Care

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Rhode Island legislature’s passage of a bill to codify Roe v. Wade, and Gov. Gina Raimondo’s swift signing of the measure, puts Rhode Island in the vanguard of states that are confronting the real threat to reproductive rights and the health and safety of women and girls.  We commend lawmakers for… Read more »

NOW Commemorates Juneteenth, Asserts Importance of Intersectional Feminism

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the National Organization for Women celebrates Juneteenth, commemorating the day 154 years ago when Texan slaves learned that the Civil War was won and they were free. On June 19, 1865, over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, Major General Gordon Granger and his regiment arrived in Galveston, Texas and issued… Read more »

NOW Celebrates the Centennial of the Senate Passing the Nineteenth Amendment

WASHINGTON, D.C. — One hundred years ago, on June 4th, 1919, Congress passed the Nineteenth Amendment and sent it off to the states for ratification. The amendment is brief, simply stating: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State… Read more »

NOW Celebrates Pride Month, Honors Stonewall Anniversary

WASHINGTON D.C. — This Pride Month marks the 50th anniversary of the 1969 June Stonewall Uprising in New York City. Three nights of resistance at the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street in New York’s Greenwich Village ignited the modern LGBTQIA+ movement. Stonewall patrons and their supporters rose up in protest of an early-morning law enforcement… Read more »

Abortion Right Advocates Say Nationwide Protests Were Only The Beginning

“Lawmakers need to listen to all of those grass-roots activists out in the streets yesterday, because they will most certainly be voting come November,” Toni Van Pelt, president of the National Organization for Women, told Newsweek. “The fact is, the majority of voters support access to safe, legal and affordable abortion care.”

Alabama’s Abortion Ban is an Unconstitutional Violation of Women’s Rights

Washington, D.C. — The dangerous bill moving through Alabama’s legislature to ban abortion is a direct violation of Roe vs. Wade. This unconstitutional measure would send women in the state back to the dark days of policymakers having control over their bodies, health, and lives. NOW firmly believes that women have the constitutional right to… Read more »

Trump Expansion of Religious Refusal Targets Women, Shreds Democracy and Puts Politics Over Health Care

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Donald Trump announced an expanded “conscience rule,” otherwise known as a religious refusal, that will further erode the government’s role in protecting women’s health, replacing the delivery of health care with partisan, extremist politics. The rule allows virtually any individual or entity involved in a patient’s care – from a hospital’s board… Read more »