Posts Categorized: Promoting Diversity & Ending Racism

NOW Congratulates Massachusetts Primary Winner Martha Coakley, Looks Forward to Feminist Candidate Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling in January

The National Organization for Women congratulates Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley for her overwhelming victory in the Democratic primary in the special election to fill the late Ted Kennedy’s U.S. Senate seat. If Coakley prevails as expected in the Jan. 19 general election, she will be the first woman senator from the state of Massachusetts, and she will double to two the number of women in the state’s current 12-member congressional delegation. The NOW Political Action Committee proudly endorsed Coakley in her run.

NOW Applauds Passage of Landmark Hate Crimes Legislation

In a campaign promise fulfilled, President Obama signed the first significant pro-lesbian, pro-woman, pro-disability rights legislation today. The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act expands the 1969 federal hate crimes law to include sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and disability.

In Memoriam: NOW Mourns Loss of Women’s Rights Champion Senator Ted Kennedy

The National Organization for Women is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Senator Edward Kennedy, the revered Democrat from Massachusetts. A dedicated public servant, Ted Kennedy was a champion of civil rights, women’s equality, voting rights, economic justice, disability rights, reproductive freedom and so much more.

Judiciary Committee Sees the Wisdom in Voting for Sotomayor

NOW applauds the Senate Judiciary Committee’s 13 to 6 vote recommending confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court. “At the risk of upsetting Senator Sessions, I am pleased that this ‘wise Latina’ is one step closer to joining Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the high court,” said NOW President Terry O’Neill. “As the first Hispanic justice and only the third woman, Judge Sotomayor will add a much needed perspective to a bench dominated by white males.”

Ginsburg Dissents Offer Bright Spots in Two Disappointing Supreme Court Rulings

Today’s Supreme Court ruling in Ricci v. DeStefano was disappointing, but it’s what we have come to expect from the conservative majority on the Roberts Court. Had retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor still been on the court, instead of her successor Justice Samuel Alito, this 5-4 decision might well have gone the other way.

On Equal Pay Day NOW Calls Attention to Persistent Gender Wage Gap

“The jury is in, the studies are done, and the conclusions are consistent: the gender pay gap is alive and well,” said NOW President Kim Gandy. “The disparity between what women and men are paid stubbornly persists, even after controlling for years of education, work experience and type of occupation.”

Senate Confirms Hilda Solis for U.S. Secretary of Labor

Felicidades a nuestra distinguida Secretaria Solis.

“Today’s vote by the U.S. Senate to confirm Hilda Solis as Secretary of Labor is a victory for all working women and families,” said NOW President Kim Gandy. “As a champion of worker’s rights and equality for women, Hilda Solis will return confidence to this cabinet agency that has for too long ignored our nation’s labor force.”