National NOW Foundation Times  >> Fall 2007

In This Issue

Supreme Court Challenges Roe v. Wade, Freedom of Choice Act Would Restore Rights
In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court upheld the nation's first abortion procedure ban and rejected the health exception that had been guaranteed by Roe v. Wade since 1973.

NOW Foundation to Launch Major Media Campaign
Have you had it with the media? Fed up with turning on the political talk shows and seeing only men around the table? Tired of the press discussing Hillary Clinton's cleavage, her voice, her laugh -- anything but the real issues? Outraged by sexist, racist, homophobic slurs on the public airwaves? Well, we are, too. That's why NOW Foundation and NOW are launching a major media campaign in the coming months.

Veteran Feminists of America Honors NOW Activists, President Kim Gandy
The Veteran Feminists of America (VFA) awarded a medal to NOW President Kim Gandy for her early -- and continuing -- contributions to the women's movement at a gala event at the Sewall-Belmont House in Washington on Oct. 30, 2007.

2008 Summit on Economic Justice for Women
"From Local to Global: Bringing Together Research & Advocacy for the Economic Empowerment of Women"
NOW Foundation, the Institute for Women's Policy Research and the National Council of Negro Women, are jointly calling an Economic Justice Summit in Atlanta, Ga., to address economic empowerment for women.

Engaging Women Project Effectively Makes Connections Between Voter Participation and Policy Change
With the 2008 elections on the horizon, NOW Foundation will focus on increasing women's political participation as part of Engaging Women, a project we piloted in Michigan, Arizona and Washington in 2006 with five other women's organizations.

Family Law Clearinghouse on Foundation Website
Over the past several years, the National NOW Family Law Advisory Committee has been compiling materials on a range of issues that women face in divorce and child custody cases. The information is of special interest to women involved in difficult cases where battering and/or child sexual or physical abuse has been involved.

2007 Tax-Deductible Contributions to the NOW Foundation
You have four easy ways to make a tax-deductible gift to the NOW Foundation before the end of 2007. Your gift will support our advocacy for women and girls throughout the year.

Love Your Body Turns 10: Sex, Stereotypes and Beauty
NOW Foundation's successful Love Your Body campaign turned 10 this year, and it's never been more relevant. The campaign was launched in 1998 to address ways that advertising, Hollywood and the fashion, beauty and diet industries impact women's and girls' self-esteem and body image.

Women Make Progress Under Title IX, But Barriers Persist
Though we have made significant progress in increasing women's educational attainment over the last three decades, there are still many serious barriers to equal opportunity in academic as well as athletic programs.

Coalition Promotes Dignity and Diversity in the Media
In the race for biggest media scandal of 2007, radio host Don Imus is clearly in the lead. Imus' racist, sexist comments about the Rutgers women's basketball team set off 10 days of televised furor last spring.

Forward Feminism: A Multi-Faceted Campaign to Ensure the Future Strength of Our Movement

Over-the-Counter Emergency Contraception: The First Year
A little over a year ago, the FDA approved non-prescription sale of emergency contraception for women aged 18 and older, following a controversial delay of more than seven years. Easing access to EC was a major victory for millions of women, but the FDA's politically-influenced process, and the unjustifiable limitation that women 17 and under will continue to need a prescription, leaves unsettling questions.

Organizers Focus Awareness on Women in Music Videos
The NOW Foundation is committed to raising awareness and elevating the dialogue about the portrayal of women and people of color in the music industry. Sparked by a resolution at NOW's annual conference about the racism, sexism, violence, and other -isms that too often pervade this medium, NOW Foundation has been proactive in encouraging women and girls to evaluate the cultural messages transmitted in some of today's music.

NOW Foundation Informs Women of Breast Implant Risks, Creates Fact Sheet for Distribution
The NOW Foundation participated in American University's (AU) Oct. 2 "Breastival" by passing out fact sheets, questionnaires, and educational brochures on breast implants to college students.

NOW Foundation Examines Prison-like Detention Centers
Over the summer, NOW Foundation Executive Vice President Olga Vives visited the Etowah County Detention Center in Gadsden, Alabama, where Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is holding about 140 women on illegal immigration charges. Most come from Latin America, although there are some from Viet Nam, Cambodia and the Caribbean Islands.

Training and Empowering Young Feminists, Passing Fair Pay
A NOW Foundation Intern Perspective
"NOW and the NOW Foundation continue to mentor young feminists like myself through empowering us and giving us the tools to be effective activists on current and important issues," writes intern Taryn Kloster.

NOW Foundation Launches Oral History Project to Preserve Breadth and Depth of our Movement The Oral History Project is designed to record and preserve this history of what The Washington Post has described as the largest and most effective organization in the second wave of the women's movement.