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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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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 .

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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.

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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!

Executive Order 11375 - UpdateNOW Victory! Executive Order 11375 – Update

On October 13, 1967, Presidential Executive Order 11375 amended Executive Order 11246 to prohibit sex discrimination in employment by the federal government and by contractors doing business with the government. A NOW victory!!

Join NOW in this continued fight for equal employment opportunity for women!

NOW pickets the New York Times!

New York NOW picketed the New York Times to protest sex-segregation of job advertising. This first picket line for the New York Chapter was organized by Carol Perlys and Dolores Alexander. Dressed in old-fashioned costumes, the NOW demonstrators protested the old-fashioned policies of the Times. Leaflets explaining the protest were distributed.

The demonstration was featured […]

NOW files the appeal in Bowe v. Colgate Palmolive

(07/30/67)

NOW has filed the appeal in the case of Bowe v. Colgate Palmolive in which a group of women at the Colgate plant in Indiana were laid off when the company refused to permit them to exercise their seniority to claim jobs involving lifting beyond the state maximum of 35 pounds. A Federal District Court had […]

EEOC holds public hearings!EEOC holds public hearings!

On May 2nd and 3rd, EEOC hearings were held in Washington, D.C on protective labor legislation, sex-based discrimination in advertising and pension plans. These hearings are the result of the petition filed in December 1966 by the NOW Legal Committee, urging that the discriminatory guidelines on sex-segregated classified advertising in newspapers be rescinded, and that the EEOC […]

EEOC PetitionNOW formally petitions the EEOC–join the campaign!

Five NOW officers and 35 members have filed a formal petition with the EEOC for hearings to amend the regulations on classified job advertising that permit segregation of “help wanted” ads on the basis of sex.

NOW has threatened the Commission with a mandamus action to compel enforcement of the prohibition against sex discrimination, has […]

Velma Menglekoch v. the California Industrial Welfare Commission

NOW ‘s Legal Committee, chaired by Marguerite Rawalt and including Carruthers Berger, Mary Eastwood and Phineas Indritz, has been authorized to take action on behalf of the airline stewardesses in the case of Velma Menglekoch v. the California Industrial Welfare Commission in which Menglekoch charged loss of wages and promotional opportunity because she was denied the right […]