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Send President Obama a message in support of equal pay: Urge him to issue an executive order that will protect employees of federal contractors against retaliation for disclosing or asking about their wages.
Today is Equal Pay Day, the day when U.S. women's average earnings finally catch up with the amount men were paid on average in the previous year. That means that women must have worked more than 600 hours into 2012 to attain the same pay men received in 2011.
Lisa Wade at Sociological Images recently wrote about the history of the use of watermelon as a symbol of how "simple" black folks are. Wade does a great job of showing that this is not an innocent stereotype -- it was actively used to dehumanize black p…
A House floor vote is coming soon on the dangerous anti-abortion rights Teen Endangerment Act, which could criminalize helping a teenage woman access legal abortion care outside of her home state. Tell your representative to vote NO on the "Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act" (H.R. 2299).
During the past few weeks NOW has grown increasingly concerned about whether this Congress will reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. Even though the bill (S. 1925) has 61 bipartisan sponsors and has passed through committee, the Senate leadership has not yet scheduled a floor vote.
During the last three months, a flurry of activity on equal marriage took place in the state legislatures, and we celebrated key victories. But, success wasn't easy, and it doesn't go unchallenged.
We've all had those conversations in which casual racism rears its ugly head. Speaking up seems difficult at first, but you can get better at it with practice. These tips and answers to common racist assertions can help!
Women have a lot at stake as the Supreme Court considers multiple challenges to the Affordable Care Act, the most important advance in health care in decades. The ACA includes many provisions that specifically benefit women, like contraceptive coverage without cost-sharing and an important prohibition against charging women higher premiums.
The National Organization for Women is shocked and saddened by the tragic death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, the African-American teenager shot and killed while walking home from a convenience store in Sanford, Florida.
The National Organization for Women congratulates Iraq war veteran Tammy Duckworth for her victory in the Democratic primary for Illinois's 8th Congressional District. Duckworth won by a large margin, and will go on to face incumbent Republican Congress member Joe Walsh in November.
If anyone doubted the existence of a war on women, the 2013 budget plan announced by Paul Ryan is proof positive. Programs critically important to tens of millions of middle- and low-income women would all fall under the ax if Ryan and his ultra-conservative pals have their way.
Take action today by calling AND emailing your senators and urging them to co-sponsor, if they are not already on the bill, and to support a "clean" VAWA, with no harmful amendments. Republican senators who have joined as co-sponsors also need positive reinforcement.
On March 8, the NOW Foundation sponsored a panel addressing "Issues Confronting Indigenous Women in Rural USA." The panel was part of the parallel events of the 56th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, which took place in New York City, Feb. 27-March 9, 2012. NOW Foundation's participation was made possible with a grant from the Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights.
March is National Women's History Month as well as the second anniversary of the Affordable Care Act. Women everywhere and of all ages are coming forward to talk about how the Affordable Care Act has improved their lives both medically and financially.
NOW and the women's movement lost a valiant champion on March 16. Olga Vives served as NOW's executive vice president from 2005 to 2009, and NOW's action vice president from 2001 to 2005.