is fighting for equality in jobs, pay, credit, insurance,
pensions, fringe benefits, and Social Security — through
legislation, negotiation, labor organizing, education,
and litigation. We are helping women break through
the "glass ceiling" of
the executive suite, and break loose of the "sticky
floor" — the dead-end, low wage jobs that
keep so many women in poverty. NOW is actively opposed
to punitive welfare reform that harms the most vulnerable
women and children in our society.
NOW is committed to fighting discrimination
based on sexual orientation in all areas, including
employment, housing, public accommodations, child custody,
and military and immigration policy. NOW asserts the
right of lesbians and gays to live their lives with
dignity and security.
NOW affirms that these are issues
of life and death for women, not mere matters of choice.
NOW supports access to safe and legal abortion, to
effective birth control, to reproductive health and
education. We oppose attempts to restrict these rights
through legislation, regulation (like the gag rule)
or Constitutional amendment.
NOW supports the right of women to
have children, including appropriate pre-natal care
and quality child care. We oppose government efforts
to limit or discourage childbearing, such as family
caps and involuntary sterilization. (See
Medical Students for Choice)
Violence Against Women
NOW challenges and acts to change
the image of women as victims, which leaves them vulnerable
to sexual assault and spouse abuse. We pioneered model
rape and spouse assault legislation as well as support
programs for battered women, and NOW was instrumental
in passing groundbreaking federal legislation, the
Violence Against Women Act. In recent years, increasing
anti-abortion violence has been used to limit women's
access to reproductive health services, and NOW has
brought a precedent-setting racketeering case against
NOW condemns racism and takes action
against racism as one of the organization's top priorities.
Seeing human rights as indivisible, we are committed
to identifying and fighting against those barriers
to equality and justice that are imposed by racism.
of Disability Rights
with disabilities face multiple forms of discrimination,
making it even harder to achieve their goals. They
are disproportionately affected by unequal wages, unemployment,
poverty, sexual and physical abuse, and lack of insurance
To solve these problems, we must push
for universal health care, Medicaid and Medicare funding
and accessible medical services. The Americans with
Disabilities Act needs enforcement and funding to work.
We must educate doctors, teachers,
judges, police officers and others who may be ill prepared
to serve women with disabilities. We should demand
more research on disabilities that strike women in
greater numbers and health conditions that women with
disabilities develop; and we need to press for industry-independent
studies on complications related to breast implants.
We must also raise awareness about invisible disabilities,
such as chemical sensitivities and cognitive, developmental,
mental or learning disabilities.
are not the only issues that fall into the wide-ranging
category of women's rights. We are concerned, too,
about women's health needs, the attitudes toward
and position of women in organized religion, the
image of women in the media, the special problems
of rural women, and many others. All are part of
our organizational purpose to "bring women
into full participation in the mainstream of American
Is there something you can do
to make equality a reality for your sisters, your
mothers, your daughters, yourself?
there is...Join NOW
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