Posts Categorized: Legislation

Women Lose Millions Due to Wage Gap, NOW Calls for Passage of Pay Equity Legislation

Today the National Organization for Women and our allies are calling attention to the persistent wage gap between women and men by observing Equal Pay Day. This year we pause on April 24 — symbolizing the day that women workers finally “get out of the red” and their 2006-2007 earnings finally equal men’s earnings from last year alone.

NOW Welcomes Introduction of Comprehensive Hate Crimes Bill

The National Organization for Women is proud to stand today with Senators Kennedy and Smith they introduce the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, a law that will penalize and help to prevent hate-based violent crimes. The most comprehensive hate crimes legislation ever introduced in Congress, this law will finally classify as hate crimes certain violent, criminal acts that are motivated by the victim’s gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.

Immigrant Women’s Rights: NOW Calls for Fair Immigration Reform

There are 14.2 million foreign-born women in the United States. Five-and-a-half million are naturalized citizens, another 5.5 million are documented and 3.2 million are undocumented. Each year, half of all immigrants entering the United States are women and girls. However, public policies regarding immigrants do not reflect the impact that being female has on immigrants’ lives in the United States. This applies to both documented and undocumented workers.

National Coalition for Immigrant Women’s Rights: Congressional Briefing on Immigrant Women and their Inclusion in Comprehensive Immigration Reform

On March 7, in celebration of International Women’s Day, the newly-formed National Coalition on Immigrant Women’s Rights (NCIWR), comprised of grassroots and advocacy organizations nationwide, is honored to brief members of Congress and staff about the need for comprehensive immigration reform that addresses the needs of women and their families.

New Coalition Urges Congress to Improve the Status of Immigrant Women

The National Coalition on Immigrant Women’s Rights (NCIWR) will address members of Congress and their staff on the dire need to improve the lives of immigrant women living in the United States. NCIWR is a coalition of progressive, grassroots women’s organizations advocating for immigration reform legislation that ensures the rights of all immigrant women, and their families, living and working in U.S.

Roe v. Wade at 34: A Pillar of Reproductive Freedom

Today marks the 34th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that recognized a woman’s constitutional right to abortion. The National Organization for Women, the first women’s organization to call for an end to criminal abortion laws nearly 40 years ago, and a leader in the ongoing fight for reproductive rights, health and justice, salutes the doctors, counselors, clinic owners and activists who stand up every day for a woman’s right to make her own childbearing decisions.