Save the Date: National Organization for Women Annual Conference,  “Feminist Agenda Rising: Our Time is Now” to   Focus on Promoting the Women’s Agenda in 2020 Elections 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – 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. Next month in Minnesota, the National Organization for Women (NOW)  will hold its annual conference, with events revolving around this year’s theme: “Feminist Agenda Rising: Our Time is Now.” NOW and its members will come together and discuss how to tackle the most important issues confronting women today across all races and in all communities. 

Several key speakers are scheduled, including a featured presentation by comedian and Daily Show Co-founder Lizz Winstead. Additional speakers include:   

  • Toni Van Pelt, President of the National Organization for Women (NOW) 
  • Christian F. Nunes, Vice President of NOW 
  • Sarah Deer, Professor, University of Kansas’ Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies  
  • Hala Ayala, State Delegate for Virginia 
  • Carol Jenkins, Co – President and CEO of the ERA Coalition/Fund for Women’s Equality 
  • Representative Mary Kunesh-Podein, Assistant Majority Leader in the Minnesota House of Representatives 
  • U.S. Representative Angie Craig, Minnesota’s Second Congressional District 
  • Rebecca Lucero, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Human Rights 
  • Senator Pat Spearman, Nevada District 1 and leader of the ERA ratification effort 
  • Eleanor Smeal, Co-founder of the Feminist Majority, former president of the NOW and publisher of Ms. magazine 
  •  Meggie Wittorf, Executive Director of Women Winning 
  • Freda Williams Mckee, President of the Missouri State Chapter of NOW 
  • Julie Blaha, Minnesota state auditor 
  • Debbie Goettel, Commissioner for Hennepin County, District 5 
  • Erin Maye Quade, Gender Justice Advocate 

NOW is pleased to honor the following women at the conference for their work as advocates for women’s issues:

  • Farah Tanis, Woman of Action Award 
  • Dr. Alice Mann, Victoria J. Mastrobuono Award for Women’s Health Honoree 
  • Erin Murphy, Woman of Courage Award 
  • Lizz Winstead, Woman of Impact Award 
  • Alice Cohan, Lifetime Achievement Award 
  • Catharine A. Mackinnon, Woman of Vision Award  

WHAT:  NOW’s Annual Conference – The full conference agenda is available here. 

WHEN:  July 19-21, 2019 

WHERE: Hilton Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport Mall of America ,  3800 American Blvd. E, Bloomington, MN 55425  

SOCIAL MEDIA:  Follow us: ViaFacebook (@NationalNOW), and Twitter (@NationalNOW, and Instagram (@NationalNOW) and interact with us about the conference using #NOWCon2019 

MEDIA CONTACT: Members of the media who wish to attend NOW’s annual conference in Minnesota, please contact Kimberly Hayes at press@now.organd include your name, title, news outlet and contact information.  You will receive a separate email regarding the status of your credential request closer to the conference.  

Additional information about the conference is available at: 

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About NOW 

As the grassroots arm of the women’s movement, the National Organization for Women is dedicated to its multi-issue and multi-strategy approach to women’s rights and is the largest organization of feminist grassroots activists in the United States. NOW has hundreds of chapters and hundreds of thousands of members and activists in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Since our founding in 1966, NOW’s purpose is to take action through intersectional grassroots activism to promote feminist ideals, lead societal change, eliminate discrimination, and achieve and protect the equal rights of all women and girls in all aspects of social, political, and economic life. 


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