Press Releases for 2019

Justin Fairfax Must Resign – NOW Believes Survivors

WASHINGTON – The National Organization for Women (NOW) calls on Justin Fairfax to remove himself from the line of succession by resigning his office.   Dr. Vanessa Tyson has made the brave decision to come forward and reveal in her own words what happened between her and Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax during the 2004… Read more »

Don’t Believe Donald Trump, But Take Him Seriously

WASHINGTON – As Donald Trump delivered his State of the Union speech, he faced the most diverse Congress in history.  Most notably, this included a room filled with women members dressed in white, as Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL) explained, in a show of solidarity against “Republican attempts to roll back women’s progress.” He repeated his… Read more »

We Trust Women’s Reproductive Decision-Making

“The moral responsibility of decision making [on abortion], at whatever the gestation, should rest with women, their doctors, and their families because only they can know their circumstances and the results of their actions. There is no reason to assume that any higher burden of justification is required than for earlier procedures.” Jon O’Brien, President… Read more »

Ralph Northam Must Resign—Then Comes The Hard Part

WASHINGTON – Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has no choice but to resign following the reveal of a racist photo published on his medical school yearbook page and his inept and insensitive response. But one politician resigning from one office won’t address the structural racism that’s still infecting our society. Ralph Northam’s early embrace of racist… Read more »

The Criminalization Of Black Girls Must Stop!

WASHINGTON – It is reported a school nurse and vice principal at Binghamton East Middle School in New York State strip searched four African-American girls because they were acting “giddy” and authorities concluded they might be using drugs. News flash—12-year-old girls act silly sometimes. That’s not a problem for white children, but for children of… Read more »

Why We Celebrate Black History Month—And What We Still Need To Learn

WASHINGTON – Every February, we observe Black History Month as a way of celebrating, honoring and absorbing the lessons of the African Americans who have contributed so much to our culture, our communities and our nation. This year, we are witnessing a transformation in our politics, with more women of color running for office, getting… Read more »

The Paycheck Fairness Act Would Finally Assure Equal Pay for Equal Work

WASHINGTON – When the Equal Pay Act was passed in 1963, women were paid 58 cents for every dollar earned by men. Fifty-six years after the act’s passage, the difference is still apparent. Today, women are paid only 80 cents for every man’s dollar, and the gap is even wider for women of color. The… Read more »

The Supreme Court Enables Donald Trump’s Obsession With Ridding The Military Of Transgender Troops

WASHINGTON – By granting the Trump Administration’s request to allow it to bar most transgender people from serving in the military, the Supreme Court has taken another step away from judicial fairness, and towards political vendettas. Donald Trump launched this hate campaign in a series of tweets in July 2017, abruptly declaring that “the United… Read more »

The Anniversary Of Roe v. Wade Reminds Us Women’s Lives Are At Stake

WASHINGTON – On January 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling in Roe v. Wade, recognizing the Constitutional protection of a woman’s right to abortion care. Forty-six years later, Roe is still the law of the land—but just barely. Since Roe, state and federal lawmakers have attempted to pass hundreds of restrictions… Read more »

What Martin Luther King Jr. Day Means For Women

WASHINGTON – January 21 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a national observance to honor the memory of the civil rights advocate.  But we should also remember that Martin Luther King Jr. was an early and dedicated supporter of women’s rights. As a preacher at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama during the 1950s,… Read more »