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The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA Reauthorization) significantly strengthens the ability of the federal government, the states, law enforcement, and service providers to combat domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
Write to President Obama today and urge him to appoint more women to his cabinet and other top posts. We need women, particularly women of color, in high-level positions in our federal government. Women have made great strides in government, but we need a critical mass to really make a difference. Now is not the time to go back.
NOW applauds women voters for re-electing President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, defeating some of the most extreme anti-woman tea party candidates running for the Senate, and passing marriage equality measures in Maine and Maryland.
"Her message is not only about prevention but also about empowerment. There have been about 35 million deaths worldwide from the epidemic, but there are also more than 34 million HIV-positive people in the world. Many of them are women like her."
"As we watch the opening ceremonies and see the pride on display as the athletes enter the stadium, we can look forward to a new generation of stars being born, and look back at those who came before to light the way."
"James Eagan Holmes killed 12 people. More than three women are killed every day by an intimate partner in the United States. If we want this to stop, reforming our gun control laws is essential."
"Rape survivors know that there’s a world of shame and stigma that awaits them should they speak up. In this kind of environment talking about sexual assault—let alone reporting it—is not just difficult, it’s straight up heroic."
"The problem with Slaughter’s piece—and now planned book—is not that she doesn’t speak for most women, but that she and other women in the 1% fail to recognize how their failure to exercise power in support of women at the economic bottom hurts all of us."
"[The motion to withdraw the contempt of court charge] was a huge victory not only for Ms. Dietrich, but for women all over the country.”
"Unless something changes, Republicans will bear responsibility for blocking renewal of a popular, lifesaving initiative. This seems an odd way to cultivate moderate voters, especially women, going into the fall campaign."
"There are many LGBT people that work in the hospitality industry; housekeepers are almost exclusively women. We’ve been natural allies in terms of working together to improve the standards of work in the service industry and the hotel industry."
"Too often schools feel that their job is to underreport or cover up so their reputations will not be injured, but the reality is, if we're going to get to the bottom of this, we need transparency and reporting."
"I think it's time that we stop evaluating women alone for family decisions, and start talking about, how do we have a society that values all families?"
"When the line between the personal and the political dissolves, it is usually due to religion."
Delegates at the 2012 National NOW Conference passed 11 resolutions on issues including removing the time limit from the ERA, increasing access to Plan B for Native American women and defeating the war on women in the state legislatures.