The National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States.  NOW has 500,000 contributing members and 550 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  Since its founding in 1966, NOW's goal has been "to take action" to bring about equality for all women.  Both the actions NOW takes and its position on the issues are often unorthodox, uncompromising and ahead of their time.

NOW activists use both traditional and non-traditional means to push for social change.  NOW activists do extensive electoral and lobbying work and bring lawsuits.  They also organize mass marches, rallies, pickets, non-violent civil disobedience and immediate, responsive "zap" actions.  NOW re-instituted mass marches for women's rights in the face of conventional wisdom that marches were a technique that went out with the 1960's.  A march in support of the Equal Rights Amendment drew more than 100,000 people to Washington, D.C. in 1978.  NOW's March for Women's Lives drew 750,000 supporters to Washington, D.C. in 1992, for the largest abortion rights demonstration ever.  In 1995, NOW organized the first mass demonstration to focus on the issue of violence against women--and drew a quarter million people to the Mall.  The 1996 March to Fight the Right in San Francisco drew more than 50,000 activists to kick off an electoral season focused on efforts to defend affirmative action.

These ongoing efforts established NOW as a major force in the sweeping changes that put more women in political posts; increased educational, employment and business opportunities for women; and enacted tougher laws against violence, harassment and discrimination.  NOW's official priorities are winning economic equality and securing it with an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that will guarantee equal rights for women; championing abortion rights, reproductive freedom and other women's health issues; opposing racism and fighting bigotry against lesbians and gays; and ending violence against women.

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NOW Issues
Abortion Rights and Reproductive Rights
Affirmative Action
Body Image
Economic Equity
Feminist Consciousness Raising
Fighting the Right
Health Care
Insurance Discrimination
Legislative Monitoring and Lobbying
Lesbian/Gay Rights
Media Activism
Political Action Committees
Racial and Ethnic Diversity
Violence Against Women
Women-Friendly Workplace
Women in the Military
...and more...

For over 25 years, Tucson NOW sought redress for women's rights in court, both in active support of cases and through leadership involvement.  Victories included ending male control of community property, stopping nepotism rules at the University of Arizona that kept women from employment, and backing equal pay cases.  They were heady times and Tucson NOW enhanced legal victories with challenges on the social front, as well.

By the mid-seventies, Tucson NOW's emphasis shifted.  National and state public interest law firms (including NOW's own Legal Defense & Education Fund) were carrying on the work in the courts, and the highest courts were refusing further extension of women's rights.  Increasingly, NOW became a lobbying force to legislators to move where courts would not, and expanding public consciousness to demand justice.

Tucson NOW is staffed entirely by volunteers.  Tucson NOW is issue-oriented and does not offer direct services

NOW's purpose is to take action to bring women into full participation in the mainstream of American Society now, exercising all privileges to responsibilities thereof in truly equal partnership with men. This purpose includes, but is not limited to, equal rights and responsibilities in all aspects of citizenship, public service, employment, education and family life, and it includes freedom from discrimination because of age, marital status, sexual preference and parenthood.

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