National Organization for Women

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National Organization for Women

The National Organization for Women (NOW) is a pro abortion group. They claim to be the largest group of feminist activists in America.[1]


Established in 1966 in Washington, D.C., NOW's principal objectives are: to secure women’s access to unrestricted, taxpayer-funded abortion-on-demand; to end what it views as the widespread "discrimination and harassment" against women in the workplace and in schools; to win "economic equality" for women; to “end all forms of violence against women,” which it depicts as a societal epidemic; and to "eradicate" the allegedly pervasive evils of "racism, sexism and homophobia" from American life. NOW was co-founded by author and activist Betty Friedan, who penned the book The Feminine Mystique, and Reverend Pauli Murray, the first African-American female Episcopal priest. In 1966 NOW introduced its "Statement of Purpose," co-authored by Friedan and Murray, detailing the group's agendas and depicting women as oppressed victims of American sexism. The NOW Foundation is affiliated with the National Organization for Women, the largest feminist grassroots organization in the U.S., with hundreds of chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and hundreds of thousands of contributing members and supporters.[1]


Board of Directors

As at 2012, the following served on the board:[2]



2004 March for Women's Lives

2004 March for Women's Lives

At the 2004 March for Women's Lives, representatives from six of the seven sponsoring organizations joined Whoopi Goldberg on the rally stage. Representatives included: Kim Gandy (NOW), Lorraine Cole of Black Women's Health Imperative, Anthony Romero of ACLU, Goldberg, Eleanor Smeal of Feminist Majority, Kate Michelman of NARAL Pro-Choice America and Silvia Henriquez of National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health.[2]

Standing with LeRoy Carhart

On Aug. 28, 2011 a "Clinic Defense and Counter-Protest of Anti-Abortion Demonstrations" was held outside LeRoy Carhart's late-term abortion facility, the Abortion and Contraception Clinic of Nebraska. The event included a press conference from 9:30am - 10:00am and a "Clinic Defense and Counter-Demonstration" from 7:00am - the time the facility closed for the day. Speaking at the press conference were LeRoy Carhart; Terry O'Neill, President, National Organization for Women; Katherine Spillar, Executive Vice President, Feminist Majority Foundation; and Debra Sweet, National Director, World Can't Wait.

NOW president Terry O'Neill stated,[8]

"Because NOW believes that it is every woman's right to have access to the full range of reproductive health care, I will be there to stand with leaders and activists from NOW and other organizations to help defend these brave providers... Clinic violence and harassment are domestic terrorism, plain and simple. The hateful rhetoric and attacks have grown bolder this year. As we prepare to stand in peaceful support of women's rights in Nebraska, we know that every clinic in the United States is a potential target. I call on the Obama Administration to respond to this threat using the strongest means possible, to prosecute the criminals, their funders and their co-conspirators, and to protect every provider, worker and patient across this nation."


  1. 1.0 1.1 Discover the Networks: National Organization for Women (accessed on Aug. 30, 2012)
  2. 2.0 2.1 NOW: Officers (accessed on Aug. 30, 2012)
  3. LinkedIn: M. Aurora Olivia's profile (accessed on Sep. 13, 2012)
  4. LinkedIn: Gay Bruhn's profile (accessed on Sep. 13, 2012)
  5. NOW: A Salute to NOW's First Washington, D.C., Interns (accessed on Sep. 13, 2012)
  6. NOW: A Salute to NOW's First Washington, D.C., Interns (accessed on Sep. 13, 2012)
  7. NOW: A Salute to NOW's First Washington, D.C., Interns (accessed on Sep. 13, 2012)
  8. NOW: NOW President Terry O'Neill to Stand with Reproductive Health Care Providers, Defenders in Nebraska, Aug. 25, 2009 (accessed on Feb. 12, 2013)