Diversity/Global Feminism, Anita Rios, Chair: NOW condemns the racism which inflicts a double burden of race and sex dis-crimination on women of color. A leader in the struggle for civil rights since 1966 NOW continues to fight for equal opportunities for women of color in all areas including employment, education and reproductive rights. NOW is committed to eliminating racist and sexist policies that hinder women from achieving full equality.  email:


Education Equity/Title IX, Jennifer Martin, Chair:  NOW advocates full compliance with Title IX. Title IX protects students of all genders and sexual orientations from sex discrimination in schools. Students in federally funded institutions, public schools, colleges and universities, have a right to an education free from discrimination on the basis of sex, including: equitable access to all academic programs, activities, athletics, course offerings, admissions, recruitment, scholarships, and be free from harassment (including assault) based upon sex, gender, gender identity and expression (real and perceived), and sexual orientation (real and perceived). (Most private institutions are subject to Title IX regulation for their acceptance of federal funds.) Title IX protects students in academic and non-academic activities because of pregnancy, birth, miscarriage, and abortion. Title IX also protects faculty, staff, and whistleblowers from sexual harassment, sex discrimination, and retaliation.

NOW advocates for enumerated anti-bullying/harassment policies in all schools, including the following actual or perceived characteristics: “race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression; or a mental, physical, or sensory disability or impairment; or by any other distinguishing characteristic.” NOW seeks to end single-sex education programs that serve to perpetuate gender stereotypes and differentiated learning based upon essentialist notions of sex.

One of the goals of the Education Equity/Title IX Task Force is to educate students, parents, and schools that terminology is important: bullying, sexual harassment, and sexual assault are often conflated or used interchangeably. Such mislabeling does not alleviate schools from responding properly and enforcing Title IX provisions, although this can happen based upon semantics. The Task Force also works to put in place a trained Title IX Coordinator in every school, as is required by law. The Task Force educates schools that they may have the authority and responsibility to address sexual harassment even if the behavior occurs off campus, and/or in social media and other cyber venues.  email:  


Reproductive Rights, Lynne Peters, Chair: NOW affirms that reproductive rights are issues of life and death for women, not mere matters of choice. NOW fully supports access to safe and legal abortion, to effective birth control, to reproductive health and education for all women. We oppose attempts to restrict these rights through legislation, regulation or Constitutional amendment. email:

Lesbian Rights, Marsha Tiffany, Chair: NOW is committed to fighting discrimination based on sexual orientation in all areas, including employment, housing, public accommodations, health services, child custody and military policies. NOW is committed to educational efforts which combat the adverse effects of homophobia, promote positive images in the media of lesbians and ultimately ensure civil rights protection for all. NOW asserts the right of lesbians to live their lives with dignity and security. email:

STOP Violence Against Women, Lisa Glaser, Chair: NOW is unique in its approach to the issue of violence against women, emphasizing that there are many interrelated aspects to the issue: domestic violence; sexual assault; sexual harassment; clinic violence; hate crimes across lines of gender, sexuality and race; the gender bias in our judicial system that further victimizes the victims of violence; and the violence of poverty emphasized by the radical right’s attacks on poor women and children — all of these resulting from society’s attitudes toward women and efforts to “keep women in their place.” email: 

Economic Justice, Leslie Phillips, Chair: NOW has repeatedly taken clear stands on  the wide range of economic justice issues affecting women, from  the cement floor to the glass ceiling. These include welfare reform,  livable wage, comparable worth, and pay equity. In addition to  addressing poverty and welfare here at home, NOW has begun  important work on economic issues affecting women globally.  Educational Equity, including Title IX and state education equity  policy, is essential to later economic justice for girls and women. email: 

Constitutional Equality, Lori Dunlap, Chair: Until there is an Equal Rights  Amendment in the Constitution of the United States all of our  priority issues are subject to the whims of an increasingly  conservative Congress and state legislature. email: