NOW president Kim Gandy says that the “historic win by Barack Obama and Joe Biden is truly a victory for women and girls in the United States and around the world. After eight years of the Bush administration slashing away at women’s and civil rights, shredding social services, and favoring ideology over science, women voters cleaned house today. We believe Obama-Biden will be the most feminist, progressive administration ever to lead this country, and we are ready to work hard to help bring about policies that will increase equality and opportunity for all.”
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Since 2003, the National Organization for Women and the NOW Foundation has honored resolutely courageous, fearless and bold women from a variety of fields at our annual Intrepid Awards Gala. On Thursday, July 17, we will continue that tradition and recognize five phenomenal women at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.
Borrowing inspiration from the rise of powerful women in politics, this year the National Organization for Women’s national conference is honoring the super woman in all of us. Our theme this year – “No Capes, No Masks, No Boundaries: Feminist Super-Women Unite!” — celebrates the breakthroughs that women are making: our power, our progress, and the strength that women exhibit every day in the face of adversity. We need not be superhuman heroes who fly or dodge bullets — our pride, passion and resilience make us extraordinary.
Since 2003, the National Organization for Women and the NOW Foundation has saluted resolutely courageous, fearless and bold women from a variety of fields at our annual Intrepid Awards Gala. This year we will be honoring five amazing women on July 17 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.
“Lilly Ledbetter and millions of women like her may never recover the pay they lost during their lifetimes,” says NOW president Kim Gandy. “But NOW calls on the Senate to pass the Fair Pay Act to ensure that pay discrimination victims get their fair day in court.”
“We are well into the 21st century, yet women ski jumpers still are not permitted to compete at their sport’s highest level,” said Kim Gandy in a statement issued at a Women’s Ski Jumping USA rally held in Vancouver, Canada.
“Media misogyny has reached an all time high, and David Shuster’s remarks on MSNBC about Chelsea Clinton are only the latest example,” says NOW President Kim Gandy.
Kim Gandy, president of the National Organization for Women (NOW) and chair of the NOW PAC, and Eleanor Smeal, co-chair of the NOW Advisory Board, comment on the Super Tuesday results. “The women’s vote carried Hillary Clinton to victory in delegate-rich states that will put her ahead in the ultimate delegate count. Her historic race has energized the gender gap, which is key because women make up the majority of voters in the general election,” said Kim Gandy.
Common assumptions about mothers’ and caregivers’ responsibilities frequently affect their salary, raises, and job opportunities, and we are gratified that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton made this and other work/life balance issues a central part of her campaign platform.
Thanks to the leadership of great women who have organized, demanded change, and fought for their rights, today’s women have more opportunities than ever in education and employment, more economic freedom and reproductive options, and a better future for themselves and their families. But many of those gains are threatened.
So in celebrating Women’s Equality Day 2007, we should pause and ask, “Is this what equality looks like?”