NOW celebrates 50 years of grassroots feminism in 2016


After 50 years of advocating for women, the National Organization of Women has seen the dialogue on women's issues evolve from the front lines. We have made great strides—but there's still so much more to be done. Whether you're in-the-know about feminist theory or just starting your journey, NOW is a great resource to learn more about the issues or to get involved. This year the organization will celebrate its 50th anniversary at a gala and conference June 24 to 26 in Washington, D.C. Read below or click through for more details.

NOW - Washington, DC - The National Organization of Women ( NOW ), the iconic activist organization that promotes equal rights for women, will be celebrating its anniversary at the 50th Anniversary Gala and NOW Conference, June 24 to 26, 2016.

NOW's celebrations will recognize not only its history of cutting-edge activism on behalf of women, which include some of the most significant victories of the 20th century, but also the important work ahead as the organization pushes forward with its cutting-edge, intersectional and multi-agenda advocacy for the 21st century. As the largest feminist grassroots organization in the nation, with hundreds of thousands of members and activists and hundreds of chapters around the country, NOW conducts national awareness, grassroots organizing, and legal campaigns and lobbying to lead societal change for equality.

NOW was founded by feminist pioneers, including Betty Friedan and Pauli Murray, who saw the need for a civil rights organization specifically focused on women's rights. NOW led the charge in some of the first battles against sex discrimination in the courts and through attention-grabbing demonstrations and boycotts. It played key roles in the passage of the Family and Medical Leave Act, the nomination of the first female Supreme Court justice, and the House passage and long fight for the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution. It made front-page news with historic marches and mass demonstrations including a record-breaking 750,000 person March for Women's Lives in 1992.

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