How to Start a Chapter

NOW’s Grassroots Power

Founded in 1966 by a small but determined group of women’s rights advocates, NOW has hundreds of thousands of members and contributing supporters as well as hundreds of chapters. NOW members are the heart, soul, and muscle behind the organization. They elect leaders, set policy and determine our agenda. NOW’s vast and diverse membership gives us clout in the government, media, and the public eye. By speaking out and taking action, NOW activists make change happen at the local, state and national level. Because we don’t rely on foundation or corporate dollars, NOW’s work for equality and justice is made possible by membership dues, individual donations and volunteer hours.

Starting a chapter

Don’t have a chapter nearby? Start one! Reach out to your state’s leadership or fill out the following interest form.

Campus Action Network (CANs)

Do you believe that women should control their lives? Do you believe in equality and social justice? Click here to see how easy it is to start a campus chapter or club.

  • NOW on College Campus
    • Check out how easy it is for young feminists to bring activism to their schools and colleges by starting campus NOW chapters and Campus Action Networks (CANs). Click here to start your chapter.
  • NOW for Teens
    • There is no minimum age for activism. NOW wants to support young activists in every way possible, and it is our hope that you will be able to use these resources to help you, whether you are starting a new NOW club, taking over the club’s leadership, or just planning a single event. Click here to start your club on your High School campus!