Press Releases for 2020

NOW Celebrates ERA Ratification Day in Virginia

RICHMOND, VA — Today’s formal ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in Virginia is a cause for celebration.  This day has been a long, long time coming, and credit for this historic victory is due to the new leadership of the Virginia legislature—and the groundswell of feminist activists and voters who put them there.  After successfully passing the state House… Read more »

Trump Uses Religion to Excuse Discrimination

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Trump Administration is shredding every Obama-era equal rights protection it can find—but they’re especially fierce when it comes to promoting evangelical extremism. Our democracy depends on a secular government that doesn’t elevate any single religion, maintains the separation between church and state and protects our freedom from religious-based oppression and discrimination.  New rules advanced… Read more »

On Roe Day We Must Vow to Protect Abortion Care

In 2019 alone, according to the Guttmacher Institute, lawmakers across the United States have enacted 58 new restrictions on access to abortion care and family planning.

Why We March—And Won’t Stop Marching

Today a mass mobilization of activist women is rising up to march for women’s rights around the country, and NOW is proud to be part of these historic actions.  We turn our attention to the power women have as citizens, activists and voters to defend women’s rights and elect feminist women and allies to office.   I am proud to be… Read more »

We’re All Part of the History Being Made in Virginia Today 

RICHMOND, VA – After a hundred-year journey full of heartbreaks and triumphs, the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is poised to finally be part of the Constitution of the United States.  NOW President Toni Van Pelt is standing on the floor of the Virginia’s House of Delegates today as they vote to become the 38th and… Read more »

NOW President Arrested at #FireDrillFriday

WASHINGTON, D.C.— I was proud to join my fellow climate activists at Jane Fonda’s last Fire Drill Friday in Washington, D.C., before she heads back to L.A.  We are answering the alarm sounded by Greta Thunberg and other young people who are reminding us every day that “there is no planet B.”  I am tremendously… Read more »

Donald Trump and Bill Barr Distort the Law—Again

WASHINGTON, D.C. — It’s no surprise that President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr would unleash the full force of the Department of Justice to thwart ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).  In a newly released legal opinion, the Office of Legal Counsel asserts that the 1979 deadline for passage “has expired and is no longer pending before the States.” … Read more »