Registration for the 2015 NOW Annual Conference is now open!

 June 19-21, 2015

in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Hyatt Regency

 National Conference Sneak Peek

Last month, we shared with you some of the dynamic speakers you can expect to hear from in New Orleans. We’re so excited to give you another sneak peek of our incredible lineup of speakers:

Catherine Dent is perhaps best known for her starring role on FX’s The Shield as Officer Danny Sofer. A Baton Rouge native, Dent’s debut role was in 1994, playing Paul Newman’s daughter-in-law in Robert Benton’s Nobody’s Fool. Since then, she has appeared in a variety of features, including movies, television, and theatre. As a strong supporter of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, Dent has been making presentations around the country about women in the film industry and the need for parity in media representation.

Deon Elaine Haywood is an internationally renowned activist for women’s health and human rights. Haywood serves as the Executive Director for Women with a Vision, a New Orleans-based non-profit, and has shepherded the organization into a vibrant locally-rooted international network to improve the lives of marginalized women, their families, and communities by addressing the complex intersection of socio-economic injustices and health disparities in their lives. Haywood is this year’s recipient of NOW Foundation’s Victoria J. Mastrobuono Women’s Health Award, which recognizes the work of a physician, researcher, health advocate, or a person of note who has made a substantial contribution to women’s health.

Don’t forget to register for the 2015 National

The ERA was Re-introduced in the Senate for Ratification May 7, 2015

Just in time for Mother’s Day, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) re-introduced a joint resolution to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the U.S Constitution. S.J. Res. 15 was introduced with 26 original cosponsors including Senator Mark Kirk (R-Il). The resolution would remove the deadline set by congress for ratification of the ERA

The Status of Women in the States: 2015
Health & Well-Being | Reproductive Rights | Violence & Safety

This third release in IWPR’s series, Status of Women in the States: 2015, analyzes data related to women’s health and safety, including health behaviors, mortality from chronic disease, access to reproductive health care, and exposure to violence.

Data is also highlighted on the accompanying interactive website,, a tool for leaders and the public to access information at the state level. The site is also the most accessible, comprehensive source of state-level data on women of color in the United States. Visit:

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