News from NOW
In a New York special election Tuesday, May 24, NOW/PAC-endorsed candidate Kathy Hochul (D) decisively won the open House seat in the state's traditionally Republican 26th District.
The Older Women's Economic Security Task Force, part of the National Coalition of Women's Organizations, in a letter today to President Barack Obama, called for the concerns of women to be considered in budget talks to reduce the deficit. The task force asked that members of the administration with expertise on women's issues be added to the White House's advisory team discussing strategies to reduce deficit spending.
At a May 24 telephone press conference, members of the Older Women's Economic Security (OWES) Task Force of the National Council of Women's Organizations will demand that President Obama's budget negotiations include women participants and women's views in the discussion.
This bill would cut $4.3 trillion over 10 years from programs that support moderate- and low-income families, programs that disproportionately employ women as well as disproportionately serve them, while maintaining $4.2 trillion in tax cuts for the wealthiest.
NOW/PAC is proud to endorse Kathy Hochul (D), who is running for the open House seat in New York's 26th congressional district in the May 24 Special Election. The race has been receiving national attention, as new polls show Hochul with a slight lead in this traditionally Republican district
Just hours after NOW's demonstration in front of the IMF calling for the resignation of Dominique Strauss-Kahn from his position as managing director, the chief did resign. This case illuminates many of the ongoing challenges in addressing violence against women.
The Older Women's Economic Security Task Force of the National Council of Women's Organizations (of which NOW is co-chair) sent this letter to President Obama requesting a meeting to discuss the impact of budget negotations and potential cuts on women and their families.
The National Organization for Women is calling on Dominique Strauss-Kahn to resign or be removed immediately from his position as managing director of the International Monetary Fund.
Today the House passed a sweeping anti-abortion rights bill that would enshrine abortion funding restrictions into law, putting women's health and lives at risk. NOW vows to work aggressively to block passage in the Senate and applauds the White House for threatening to veto this bill.
The NOW Foundation highlights necessary preventative care (including coverage for contraception, cervical cancer screening and breastfeeding supplies and devices) that should be included in the Women's Health Amendment to the new health care reform law.
On April 28, hundreds of NOW activists and allies gathered around the country to make sure politicians know that women do not want to work until we drop! Actions in various states drove home the message that NOW opposes increasing the retirement age to 69.
The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R.3) represents a grave threat to safe, legal and accessible abortion. It is an unprecedented attack on private health coverage for abortion care.
NOW President Terry O'Neill says: "Watch out -- the war being waged on women and the middle class just took another dark turn."
NOW welcomes President Obama's reaffirmation that Social Security is not the cause of our deficit and his pledge to protect Medicare and Medicaid. We hope he remains committed to not making any concessions on these programs in order to make a deal on the budget.
On April 7, thousands of activists flooded Capitol Hill. The "Stand Up for Women's Health" rally and lobby day was organized to demonstrate that conservative attacks on women's access to reproductive health care will not be tolerated.