National NOW Conference Opens With Call To Presidential Candidates

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. – From protecting women’s reproductive health and equal pay, to immigration reform and the importance of the female vote in the upcoming elections, women’s issues are dominating headlines every single day. The National Organization for Women (NOW) begins its annual conference today in Minneapolis, with events revolving around this year’s theme: “Feminist Agenda Rising: Our Time is Now.” NOW and its members are coming together to discuss how to tackle the most important issues confronting women today across all races and in all communities.

In a statement, NOW President Toni Van Pelt said,

“As NOW members gather in Minneapolis for our Annual Conference, we call on the presidential candidates to show their commitment to feminist values and prioritize issues that strengthen women’s rights.

At the conclusion of this year’s conference, we will be distributing a Presidential Candidates Checklist for our members to use when choosing a candidate in the most consequential presidential election we’ve ever witnessed.

It’s going to take more than a candidate to beat Donald Trump.  It’s going to take a platform.  Over the next two days, NOW members will be engaged in workshops that share experiences and empower activism, on topics including racial justice, fixing how we pay for health care, using social media, lobbying legislators and lobbying for the ERA, among others.

Our platform will be the blueprint for the way we’ll work with a feminist, woman President.”

Contact: Kimberly Hayes, Press Secretary,, 202-570-4745