National Organization for Women:
News & Action Summary
SEPTEMBER 27, 2011
IN THIS ISSUE:
Celebrate NOW Foundation's Love Your Body Day with us on Oct. 19. Visit the Love Your Body website to read about our campaign and check back soon for more updates related to this year.
Opponents of women's access to contraception have stepped up pressure to expand an exemption allowing some religious institutions to deny birth control insurance coverage to their employees. Religious extremists are lobbying hard. We must not let this happen. The last day to submit comments is Sept. 30, so take action NOW!
With record high poverty in the U.S. and continuing unemployment, NOW President Terry O'Neill told Congress that the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program needs fundamental reform. O'Neill said that TANF's harsh policies have contributed to high poverty rates and that emergency actions is required now to help millions of struggling families. Read more.
NOW President Terry O'Neill speaks about Walmart's multibillion-dollar initiative to purchase products from women-owned businesses: "I'm completely underwhelmed. This is a company that has systematically discriminated against women. And they think they can evade responsibilities, simply by a PR stunt." Watch the video (advance to 06:39) »
The lack of long-term data demonstrates that makers of silicone gel-filled breast implants lack the motivation to carry out rigorous long-term evaluations of patients, leading NOW Foundation to call on the FDA to prevent further risk to women by taking the devices off the market until better research is conducted. Read more.
Barbara Love's fabulous Feminists Who Changed America 1963-75 -- the directory of 2,400 activists, which has circulated in book form for five years -- now exists in a searchable CD format, available for only $35 including postage. Read more.