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NOW is the largest, most comprehensive feminist advocacy group in the United States. Our purpose is to take action to bring women into full participation in society — sharing equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities with men, while living free from discrimination.
Urge your senator to support the Bank on Students Loan Fairness Act (S. 897)! Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) recently introduced this bill with the goal of offering students the same low interest rates that big banks pay.
Advocates of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) were cheered Thursday when a bipartisan resolution was introduced by Sens. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Ak.). The legislation would remove the original deadline specified in the 1972 bill which gave ERA advocates only seven years to attain ratification by three-fourths of the states. That deadline was extended to 1982, but by then only 35 of the required 38 states had ratified the amendment
NOW calls on the Administration not to ask the appellate court for a stay. NOW will not back away from our defense of the health and safety rights of women. The Obama Administration should tell the court on Monday that it will now simply follow the law.
For women, the military can be a dangerous environment -- and I'm not just talking about combat. The Pentagon released chilling data this week that concludes there were an estimated 26,000 cases of sexual assault in the military last year, up from 19,000 in 2010. But only a small fraction of those assaults were reported -- 3,374 in 2012 compared with 3,192 in 2011. And of those few, only 238 assailants were convicted.
We know we will win this battle -- state by state and, eventually, at the national level -- for marriage equality. The tide is turning in our favor; a majority of Americans believe same-sex couples should be allowed to marry.
The Justice Department's decision to appeal of Judge Korman's ruling to make Plan B available over the counter to all ages is a step backwards for women's health. Millions of women need access to this safe and effective product, and the prevention of unwanted pregnancy, particularly in adolescents, should not be obstructed by politicians.
With President Obama’s appointment of Penny Pritzker to be Secretary of Commerce, his second-term roster of cabinet secretaries is nearly complete. NOW has done the math, and the numbers are good, but not great. The Obama cabinet is only about one-third women.
It’s time to tell your representatives that Americans should have the freedom to marry the person they love, no matter their sexual orientation.