Erin Matson, Former Action Vice President
An outspoken young feminist activist, Erin Matson was elected action vice president in June 2009. Matson took office while under the age of 30, making her one of the youngest national officers ever. She oversees the grassroots organizing efforts and national action campaigns for the organization, while also spearheading the use of new technologies within the feminist activist arena.
Matson joined the organization in 2002 at the National NOW Conference in her home state of Minnesota. Two years later she was elected president of Minnesota NOW at the age of 23, making her the youngest NOW state president in the country at that time. Under her leadership, she launched and ran a highly successful, statewide campaign against pharmacist refusal clauses in corporate and legislative policies, for which she won a Minnesota Women's Press Changemaker award. She created and implemented a consciousness-raising discussion series among young feminists, recruiting many new activists to her state and the Uptown (Minneapolis) chapter she later founded. At 24, she debated Phyllis Schlafly and stunned her speechless by calling for a shared commitment to greater protections for caregivers through Social Security.
Matson was Prairie States regional director before taking national office and served on National NOW's Board of Directors for three years. During this time, she traveled to Iowa to participate in NOW PAC's historic campaign to elect Hillary Clinton president of the United States.
To date, Matson has served as the longest standing member of the National NOW Young Feminist Task Force (2003-2008). She co-authored a resolution that created the 2006 Young Feminist Summit in Albany, N.Y., and also authored and passed a bylaws amendment to incorporate virtual chapters in the organization.
Professionally, Matson has served as a senior interactive copywriter within multiple advertising agencies, specializing in online and viral strategy and outreach. She has also worked as a freelance writer, speechwriter and corporate marketing communications manager for a variety of clients and companies, including multiple organizations devoted to economic justice and shattering the glass ceiling. Matson has ghostwritten for several public figures and has published work under her own byline in a variety of publications, including a University of Michigan Press textbook.
Matson holds a bachelor's degree in Women's Studies from Georgetown University and enjoys writing poetry and fiction in her limited spare time. She now resides in Washington, D.C.
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