Posts Categorized: Family/Family Law

NOW Foundation Files Amicus Brief in Domestic Violence Case

On Nov. 20, NOW Foundation filed a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of 10 women’s rights and anti-violence organizations. The brief supports reversal of an unprecedented award of $350,000 in attorneys’ fees against a woman who accused her ex-husband of domestic violence. The brief argues that such an award may chill protective mothers from raising allegations of domestic violence in custody disputes for fear of retaliation.

National Coalition Urges Congress to Consider Sweeping Social Security Proposals for Women, Caregivers and Same-Sex Couples

NOW Foundation, IWPR, and the NCPSSM Foundation briefed congressional staff on their research examining the challenges facing elderly women and their families in the U.S. Their report, ‘Breaking the Social Security Glass Ceiling: A Proposal to Modernize Women’s Benefits,’ also proposes initiatives to ensure Social Security benefits are adequate for all Americans, particularly for women and women of color.

Lobbying Tips for NOW Activists

Helpful tips and tricks to help you plan your next meeting with your member of Congress.

Paycheck Fairness Act Blocked, Foreshadowing Challenging Future for Women’s Equality

The new Congress hasn’t taken office yet, but the writing already is on the wall. Efforts to advance women’s equality will be relegated to the back burner, or worse, actively torched. Today we witnessed conservatives in the Senate block the Paycheck Fairness Act, denying women a significant step toward finally closing the gender wage gap.

NOW Supports Legislation to Repeal the Defense of Marriage Act

The National Organization for Women is proud to stand with Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) in support of legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) … a discriminatory law that is deceptive and harmful. Under DOMA, same-sex couples who legally wed are still denied federal marriage benefits, and other states may refuse to recognize their unions. NOW thanks Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) for co-sponsoring this important legislation.

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.

NOW Calls on Legislators to Pass the Federal Paid Parental Leave Act

The National Organization for Women urges legislators to support the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act, which would guarantee federal workers four weeks of paid parental leave for a new child. Paid parental leave for the 2.7 million workers employed by the federal government will help millions of working families right now, and can be a model for achieving paid parental and family leave for the rest of our nation’s workers, setting the standard for upcoming discussions about policies intended to help families balance work and family life.