Mission: To promote, through intersectional grassroots activism, feminist ideals, societal change, the elimination of discrimination, and the protection of equal rights for all women and girls in all aspects of social, political, and economic life.
About the Organization: Founded in 1966, and today boasting chapters in every state and the District of Columbia, the National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist grassroots activists in the United States. The organization employs a multi-strategy approach to address its six core issues — reproductive rights and justice, ending violence against women, economic justice, LGBT rights, racial justice, and constitutional equality for women.
Current Programs: The organization’s 2017 National Action Program includes five campaigns — end the sex abuse to prison pipeline; ratify the Equal Rights Amendment; mobilize for reproductive justice; advance voting rights; and protect immigrant rights. For each campaign, NOW proposes an action agenda for its local chapters, state organizations, and members that includes things like lobbying school district administrators and state legislators, advocating for an inclusive interpretation of the Equal Rights Amendment, and pursuing collaborations with immigrant businesses. In addition, the organization's annual conference provides opportunities for grassroots activists to attend workshops, hear inspiring speakers, and network with other organizers from around the country.
Website: Visitors to the NOW site can learn more about the organization's core issues, browse news and resources by issue, and/or sign up to receive e-updates. They also can find a NOW chapter in their state and find out how to get involved by taking action, becoming a member, or making a donation.
Funding: The National Organization for Women is funded by membership dues, foundation grants, and individual donations.