National Organization for Women

National Organization for Women (NOW), group founded (1966) to support "full equality for women in America in a truly equal partnership with men." Its founder and first president was feminist leader Betty Friedan, author of The Feminine Mystique (1963). Through a program of legislative lobbying, court litigation, and public demonstrations, NOW seeks to end sexual discrimination in employment. The largest women's rights group in the United States, it also supports the establishment of child-care centers for working mothers, legalized abortion, and paid maternity leave, as well as adoption of the equal rights amendment to the U.S. Constitution. NOW works to elect women to office, and seeks the abolition of alimony laws. It consists of approximately 250,000 members, including men, in 800 local chapters affiliated with the main office, located in Washington, D.C.

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

More on National Organization for Women from Fact Monster:

  • NOW - NOW: NOW: see National Organization for Women.
  • Rita Mae Brown - Rita Mae Brown author, social activist Born: 11/28/1944 Birthplace: Hanover, Pennsylvania An early ...
  • This Day in History: October 29 - October 29 1682 William Penn arrived in Pennsylvania. 1787 Mozart's opera Don Giovanni debuted ...
  • Theresa Hayward Bell - Theresa Hayward Bell American Indian activist Born: 1952 Birthplace: Camp Lejeune, N.C. The ...
  • Betty Naomi Friedan - Friedan, Betty Naomi Friedan, Betty Naomi, 1921–2006, American social reformer and feminist, ...

See more Encyclopedia articles on: Social Reform