January 6 Was A Narrow Escape—NOW, We Must Save Democracy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – One year ago today, a violent mob launched an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol intent on subverting our democracy.  Since then, over 400 anti-democracy bills have been introduced in nearly all 50 state legislatures, and the insurrectionists’ hate speech, terrorist tactics and violent extremism continue to be normalized by right-wing media and supporters of the former President. 

NOW has always stood up for the truth, countering lies, disinformation and vicious propaganda about women’s rights, equality and justice.  Today, we are demanding that the truth be heard about the real threat to our democracy. 

The same forces that want to restrict or eliminate our rights are working harder than ever to silence our voices by limiting our freedom to vote and preparing future attempts to sabotage free and fair elections. 

NOW members are telling the U.S. Senate and President Biden to make democracy the top priority by passing the Freedom to Vote Act, the Protecting Our Democracy Act, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, and D.C. statehood. 

Our intersectional feminist agenda is a democracy agenda. Today, let us resolve to make January 6 a day when we remember how fragile maintaining our democracy can be—and how it’s up to us to do the daily work of preserving it. 


The National Organization for Women (NOW) is the nation’s leading membership-based advocacy group dedicated to defending women’s rights, advancing equality and combating injustice in all aspects of social, political and economic life. Through educating, mobilizing, and convening a vast network of grassroots activists across the country, NOW advocates for national, state and local policies that promote an anti-racist and intersectional feminist agenda. Since its founding in 1966, NOW has been on the frontlines of nearly every major advancement for women’s rights and continues to champion progressive values today. More about NOW’s efforts and resources is available at NOW.org. 

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