Posts Categorized: Promoting Diversity & Ending Racism

A Million Thanks to Organizers and Marchers – Women Made History!

Printable PDF A Million Thanks to Organizers and Marchers – Women Made History! January 24, 2017 NOW activists are still thrilled and energized by the overwhelming turnout – not only for the Women’s March on Washington – but the impressive marches that took place in hundreds of cities and towns across the U.S. and around… Read more »

Whitewashed Out: “Ghost in the Shell” and Hollywood’s Problem with Whitewashing Asian Characters

By Andrea Rose, Field Organizing Intern To my disappointment, but not to my surprise, another white actress is playing an Asian character in a major Hollywood film. In April of this year, we got our first glimpse of Scarlett Johansson in costume for the upcoming movie, “Ghost in the Shell,” a film based on the… Read more »

This is What a Feminist Looks Like: Fighting Racism and Sexism Within the Feminist Movement

By Angela Myers, Communications Intern Wobbly and unsure on her feet, my mom leans with one hand on her walker while the other points to the large pink button on her chest. The button reads, “This is what a feminist looks like.” I had given the large button along with a few others with feminist… Read more »

ISSUE ADVISORY: Voter Suppression on Steroids for 2016 Elections

Mary Lou Miller was 7 years old when the 19th Amendment was passed. She made a promise to herself to take full advantage of her right to vote, and vote she did, from 1934 onward. Yet just last year, Miller, now 101 years old, was denied the right to vote because she lacked a government issued ID, a requirement under Texas’s new voting laws.

Allies in Equality—Him and Her for Each Other

By Leora Lihach, President’s Office Intern As the millennial generation begins to take center stage in the world, the feminist movement is at risk of severely slowing down. Too many young adults believe that feminism is off-limits to men and a dangerous word for women—”the f-word”, a word that could mean anything in the realm of… Read more »

Issue Advisory: Restoring Democracy – Court Ruling Approves Independent Commissions to Counter Gerrymandering

In 1989, NOW members at the National NOW Conference adopted a resolution calling for “direct and equal representation for women in elected office and at all levels of government.” It reminded readers at the time that only five percent of the members of Congress and 17 percent of members of state legislatures were women. The resolution resolved that the goal of equal representation for women can only be accomplished by “pursuing legal strategies which challenge reapportionment plans for gender and racial bias” and “requiring redistricting guidelines that make gender balance and increasing representation of women a priority.”

Zero-Tolerance Schools: Safe Haven or Danger Zone?

It’s one thing to know the statistics showing how Black women and girls are victims of police killings, sexual assault and abusive treatment. It’s another to see it happening in real time on cellphone video. It happened last June at a swimming pool in Texas, and it happened again yesterday at Spring Valley High School in South Carolina.

Issue Advisory – A Look Ahead: Important Upcoming Supreme Court Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court will consider a number of high profile cases this term – cases that cover a broad swath of American life, from access to reproductive health care, to affirmative action, public sector unions, voting rights, and (again) contraceptive insurance coverage exceptions under of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).