NOW Urges Nomination of Sen. Debbie Stabenow as Secretary of Health and Human Services

With the withdrawal of Sen. Tom Daschle from consideration, the National Organization for Women urges President Barack Obama to nominate another strong and consistent advocate for universal health care to the position of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) has long focused on health care as a priority, and with her background as a social worker she is well positioned to take the helm of this agency that is so critical to women and families.

NOW on Bush’s State of the Union Speech: Careful Words Obscure Old Agenda

NOW President Kim Gandy responds to Bush’s State of the Union speech: “He didn’t extend his conciliatory tone to the programs he offered, or to the ones he didn’t offer. And warm words can’t change the sorry shape the country is in, after six years of Bush and the Republican-led Congress running it.”

FSOTU Moderators & Speakers

Christian F. Nunes MBA, MS, LCSW Christian F. Nunes, MBA, MS, LCSW, became NOW president in August 2020. She was previously appointed Vice President by the board in May 2019. As the second African American president in the organization’s history, Nunes is leading the organization through an intersectional lens, bringing a diverse coalition of grassroots Read more …


Printable PDF   TIMELINE OF MAJOR ACTIONS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS National Organization for Women, 2006 – 2016   2006 2006, January 18 – NOW Foundation joins in a friend-of-the-court brief opposing a parental notification law and advocating for the health exception in Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood of Northern New England.  On this date, the U.S. Supreme Read more …

The Wage Ravine

It’s tempting to look solely at the wage gap and think the only thing keeping men and women from economic parity is 23 cents. We tend to ignore the other ways women, especially LGBTQ-identified women, women of color, and LGBTQ-identified women of color, are saddled with undo economic burdens because complication is hard.

2009 National NOW Resolutions

Printable PDF passed June 21, 2009 Single-Payer Health Care is an Economic Justice Issue Health Care for Women with Disabilities Stop Domestic Terrorism at Women’s Health Clinics Anti-Shackling Violence Against Women Act 2010 Revision of Accessible NOW Conferences, Forums, Summits, and National Board Meetings Policy National Campaign and National Day of Action to Ratify CEDAW Read more …

2011 National NOW Conference

Daring to Dream: Building a Feminist Future 2011 National NOW Conference Agenda Speakers and Honorees Marleine Bastien Marleine Bastien is founder and executive director of Fanm Ayisyen Nan Miyami, Inc. (FANM, Haitian Women of Miami), an important group that provides desperately-needed services to Haitian women and their families. FANM’s work includes programs to promote access Read more …

2008 National NOW Conference

No Capes, No Masks, No Boundaries: Feminist Super-Women Unite for the 2008 National NOW Conference! 2008 National NOW Conference Agenda Speakers and Honorees Mónica Alemán Mónica Alemán serves as coordinator of the International Indigenous Women’s Forum (FIMI/IIWF) and program director of MADRE, an international women’s human rights organization. As an indigenous woman from Nicaragua, Alemán dedicates Read more …

National Coalition for Immigrant Women’s Rights: Congressional Briefing on Immigrant Women and their Inclusion in Comprehensive Immigration Reform

On March 7, in celebration of International Women’s Day, the newly-formed National Coalition on Immigrant Women’s Rights (NCIWR), comprised of grassroots and advocacy organizations nationwide, is honored to brief members of Congress and staff about the need for comprehensive immigration reform that addresses the needs of women and their families.