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National Organization for Women (NOW)

Founded in 1966, the National Organization for Women or NOW was one of the strongest and most-supported feminist activist organizations. NOW remains active in working for women's rights today.

National Organization for Women
A profile of the National Organization for Women, founded in 1966 to work for women's equality.

Betty Friedan
Betty Friedan was the founder and first president of the National Organization for Women (NOW).

The Seven Original NOW Task Forces
Betty Friedan and other feminist leaders founded the National Organization for Women (NOW) in 1966. Many of the members had worked in the Civil Rights Movement and had referred to what they wanted from NOW as a kind of NAACP , but for women. NOW set up task forces on issues of women s equality. The seven original NOW task forces were:

Bella Abzug
Bella Abzug, one of the founders of the National Organization for women, was a member of the US House of Representatives.

The First NOW Officers
The National Organization for Women (NOW) held its organizing conference in October 1966, where the founding presidency was elected. Who were the first NOW officers? Some of the original members of NOW came from the Civil Rights Movement , and many of the important feminist organization s co-founders had been actively working for women s...

The NOW Task Force on Education
The NOW Task Force on Education aimed to end discrimination in schools and universities. The Task Force on Education was an important part of the feminist organization.

The NOW Task Force on Equal Opportunity of Employment
The Task Force on Equal Opportunity of Employment was one of NOW's first important task forces. The founders of NOW fought tirelessly for equal opportunity of employment.

The NOW Task Force on the Family
The NOW Task Force on the Family was created in the early days of the organization. Feminist activists from the Task Force on the Family examined the problems women faced and fought for equality.

The NOW Task Force on the Image of Women
The NOW Task Force on the Image of Women examined the portrayal of women in the mass media. Feminists from the Task Force on the Image of Women constantly challenged stereotypes.

The NOW Task Force on Legal and Political Rights
Feminists fought for equal legal and political rights for women. The NOW Task Force on Legal and Political Rights was a part of this battle.

The NOW Task Force on Women and Religion
What did NOW's Task Force on Women and Religion do? Feminists were very interested in issues related to women and religion.

The NOW Task Force on Women in Poverty
The NOW Task Force on Women in Poverty worked for economic justice. Feminists recognized early on the importance of having a Task Force on Women in Poverty.

Elimination of Employment Discrimination
How do women achieve equal opportunity in employment? A look at the 1967 goals of the feminist NOW Task Force on Equal Opportunity in Employment.

Abolition of Ladies Auxiliaries
Did feminists want to abolish the ladies auxiliaries? Read about a NOW task force's goal to abolish the ladies auxiliaries and other organizations that separated women from mainstream politics.

Equal Rights and Responsibilities as American Citizens
How and when would women gain equal rights and responsibilities in American politics? The NOW legal and political rights task force envisioned women's full participation as citizens with equal rights and responsibilities.

Campaign to Get Women to Run for Office
One feminist goal during the 1960s was to get women to run for office. Read about the NOW task force that called for a campaign to get women to run for office and claim their political rights.

Ending Sex Discrimination in Jury Selection
As late as the 1960s, feminists were still fighting to end sex discrimination in jury selection.

Women’s Right to Equal Protection of the Law
What would it take for women to have equal protection of the law under the U.S. Constitution? Feminists supported women who invoked their right to equal protection of the law.

Voter Awareness of Women’s Equality
Awareness of women's equality, or women's unfinished equality, was essential to feminism. Learn how the NOW Task Force on Legal and Political Rights explained its goal to increase awareness of women's equality issues.

The First Year of the NOW Poverty Task Force
What did NOW's 1967 poverty task force report recommend? A look at the findings in an early poverty task force report.

Legal and Political Rights Task Force: First Steps
The first steps of NOW's Task Force on Legal and Political Rights included gathering information about discrimination and raising awareness about women's political participation. Read about the early recommended action from the Task Force on Legal and Political Rights.

The First Year of NOW's Legal and Political Rights Task Force
The National Organization for Women has worked for women's legal and political rights since the 1960s. Read about the 1967 goals of the NOW Task Force on Legal and Political Rights.

First Year of the NOW Task Force on Education for Girls and Women
The National Organization for Women education task force goals focused on the importance of encouraging girls to make the most of their abilities.

First Year of NOW’s Task Force on the Image of Women
How did feminists perceive the image of women in mass media? Learn how an early NOW task force wanted to call attention to and change the image of women in mass media.

Betty Friedan Quotes
Quotes by Betty Friedan - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.

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