News from NOW
The National Organization for Women condemns the vote today in the House Judiciary Committee. In a 17-15 vote, the Republican-controlled committee passed a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act that completely undermines the spirit of the landmark bill passed 18 years ago.
NOW urges North Carolinians to vote against "Amendment One" as they head to the polls on May 8. The proposed measure would amend the state's constitution to say "Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in the state."
With the radical right waging a war on women in Congress and statehouses across the nation, it is more important than ever that we elect feminist candidates to office this November. We need candidates like Elizabeth to shut down this offensive and get the United States moving in a positive direction.
The National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women, of which NOW is a member, issued this release explaining why "a vote for amendments and substitutes is a vote against VAWA."
It's hard to tell what's more offensive. The haute couture style of the Newsweek cover photo, which presents the blindfolding of a woman as elegant and refined. Or the accompanying article, which uses the popularity of the book "Fifty Shades of Gray" -- which Katie Roiphe describes as the "skinny-vanilla-latte version of sadomasochism" -- to speculate that women are not comfortable with power and might even find it boring.
The latest Social Security trustees report projects that the system has a surplus of $2.7 trillion and revenue sufficient to pay all benefits through 2033. Those bent on dismantling and/or privatizing the system will try to twist these facts, but don't be fooled Social Security is financially sound, and it's even possible to improve benefits to meet the realities of today's families.
The National Organization for Women is launching the "Enough Rush" campaign, which aims to deliver the powerful message to Rush Limbaugh and his apologists that bullying is no longer profitable.
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.