National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States. NOW has 500,000 contributing members and 550 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
NOW was founded in 1966 and its original purpose remains unchanged, "to take action to bring women into full participation in the mainstream of American society now, exercising all privileges and responsibilities thereof in truly equal partnership with men". The organization remains active in lobbying legislatures and media outlets on women's issues. NOW works to eliminate discrimination and harassment in the workplace, schools, the justice system, and all other sectors of society; secure abortion, birth control and reproductive rights for all women; end all forms of violence against women; eradicate racism, sexism and homophobia; and promote equality and justice in our society. For more information on the national side of NOW, visit the Wikipedia entry.
NOW has endorsed 2008 Presidential Candidate and US Senator Hillary Clinton (press release).
There is a local UC Davis/Yolo County NOW Chapter (CA0662). They typically meet during the UCD school year in the Righteous Babe Lounge of the Women's Resource and Research Center on the UC Davis campus. Although there is a NOW Slate in the student government, there is no connection to this NOW.
During Spring Quarter 2008, UC Davis/Yolo County NOW meetings will take place on Wednesday evenings from 6-7 at the Delta of Venus.
The Board includes:
Membership Chair: Nicole Sardella
Public Relations: Naeta Rohr
CA NOW Delegate: Liz Anderson
Member of the Progressive Coalition
Other local Chapters
Sacramento NOW (CA0495) (and surrounding areas)
UCD NOW Upcoming Events
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Come get involved with us as we work alongside other campus organizations to raise awareness of gender-based violence.
Women Take Back the Night, Tuesday, May 6th, 6:10 p.m., East Quad.
Join in protesting violence against women at the 27th annual UC Davis Women Take Back the Night. This event includes musical performances, a march through the streets of Davis, survivor speak out, free food, poetry and a candlelight vigil.
UCD NOW in 2007
Campus NOW is ready for the new year! This quarter we will be working on "Celebrate Your Body Week", planning a Safeboat at Houseboats, V-day, and Black History Month. We will also be hosting our second annual Passion Party in time for Valentine's Day!
Our Winter Quarter Membership Drive began on January 22: look for us tabling on the Quad and during dinner hours in the Segundo and Tercero Dining Commons!
Interested in becoming an officer? Contact Kendall O'Hara for more information firstname.lastname@example.org
UCD NOW Past Events
Pleasure Party! Friday, February 22, 2008
CounterProtest: March for Life Saturday, January 20 2007 Pier 5, San Francisco
The 3rd annual anti-abortion "Walk For Life" took place in San Francisco on the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade — January 20, 2007. We joined the counter-protest.
Love Your Body Day Celebration Thursday, April 6th, 2006 11-2 pm MU Patio
This annual event encourages positive body image and self-esteem by exposing the potentially harmful effects of advertising. We had display boards, letters to send to magazine editors, and a licensed massage therapist giving free massages. Love Your Body t-shirts are still available!
Femicide in Juarez Sunday, March 13th, 2005 6pm Mee room
One of the mothers of the women of Juarez Tragedy spoke about the killings and the importance of getting involved. This event was a huge success. There were about 90 people packed into the Mee Room (and some standing outside).
Women Take Back The Night' Tuesday, May 9th, 2006 6:10 pm
Our chapter led the march down the streets of Davis.