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The National Organization for Women aims to take action to bring true equality for all women in America, and toward a fully equal partnership of the sexes.

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Congressman supports the appointment of a teenaged girl as a page in Congress

Following much pressure from Los Angeles NOW, Congressman Tom Reese (D-CA) was persuaded to support the appointment of 16 year old Monica Mortz as a page in Congress. (Historically, this was a male only position).

 

NOW opposes appointment of Carswell to the US Supreme Court

Stand with NOW in it’s opposition to the appointment of G. Harrold Carswell to the United States Supreme Court! He has a history of sexism, including the case of Mrs. Ida Phillips v. Martin Marietta, in which Carswell ruled in favor of the company’s refusal to hire women with preschool aged children, while still hiring men with children.

 

United Airlines stops “men only” executive flights

United Airlines finally ceases the “men only” executive flights between New York and Chicago, which NOW has long protested as a form of sex discrimination.

Stand with NOW for equal treatment of the sexes in public accommodations!

Sexual Politics, A Surprising Examination of Society's Most Arbitrary FollyNOW member, Kate Millett, publishes book “Sexual Politics”

Kate Millet, an active member of New York NOW, published Sexual Politics, A Surprising Examination of Society’s Most Arbitrary Folly, a historical and cultural analysis of sexism written originally as a doctoral thesis. Sexual Politics has┬ábecome a widely debated and quoted best-seller.

Sexual Politics by Kate Millett

The First Congress to Unite Women held in New York City

Initiated by NOW, the First Congress to Unite Women was held to create a fusion of moderate and radical feminist interests. The conference was coordinated and chaired by New York NOW President, Ivy Bottini, and attended by more that 500 feminists. Three other regional conferences were held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago.

Pittsburgh NOW has filed charges against the Pittsburgh Press

Pittsburgh NOW filed charges of sex discrimination against the Pittsburgh Press because of the paper’s continued use of sex-segregated “Help Wanted” ads, despite integrated precedents and EEOC guidelines which prohibit sex-segregated “help wanted” ads .

Stand with NOW!

Colgate-Palmolive Case - Victory!Colgate-Palmolive Case – Victory!

NOW has won a victory in the Colgate-Palmolive case when the Appeals Court ruled that any weight-lifting test must be applied to all employees, male and female, and forbade separate male/female seniority lists. The Court also ruled any union contracts restricting jobs women could bid on were illegal and awarded back pay to the women.

Stand with NOW for the equality of the sexes!

 

People v. BelousAbortion Law Victory: People v. Belous

(09/05/69)

NOW celebrated a victory in the People v. Belous case when the state supreme court found California’s 100 year-old abortion law unconstitutional. Dr. Leon Belous, a member of NOW, had insisted on defending himself on constitutional grounds against the charge of making illegal abortion referrals.

Stand with NOW against abortion laws!

Executive Order 11375Public Hearings held on the Department of Labor’s sex discrimination guidelines

(08/04-06)

After considerable pressure from NOW and other women’s rights groups, public hearings were held on the Department of Labor’s proposed sex discrimination guidelines to be issued to implement Executive Order 11375.

Join NOW in ensuring the proper and complete implementation of all equal employment opportunity legislation!

NASA Protest

(12/27-68-05/26/69)

NOW protested the exclusion of women as astronauts from the space program. Nita Ladewig, president of the Northern California Chapter of NOW, initiated correspondence with NASA that continued for six months, also protesting the exclusive use of the names of masculine gods for the space ships. NASA maintained it had yet to find women who qualified either as pilots or scientists.