JMU Students Fight Back!

Elizabeth Hogan, who heads up the NOW chapter at James Madison University/Harrisonburg, was fed up with the sexist garbage the school newspaper was printing. This is the response she and Meredith Burns wrote, which was published today. Elizabeth is a senior history major;  Meredith is a senior anthropology major.

This is What a Feminist Looks Like
October 26, 2009 – By Meredith Burns and Elizabeth Hogan,

Bra Burners Stereotype No Longer Applicable
Do you believe in equality? Do you believe that people should be able to make decisions about their own bodies? Do you believe that men and women should be paid the same? If you answered yes, you just might be a feminist. More

VA NOW PAC Backs The Best Candidate for Women – Creigh Deeds

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds has won the endorsement of the Virginia NOW PAC – the political arm of the Virginia chapter of the National Organization for Women – because his experience and views are superior to those of his opponent on key issues of concern to mainstream, socially aware women.

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Love Your Body Day!

Today is Love Your Body Day

LYBD Poster winner 2009

Marie Bushbaum, 2009 LYBD Poster Design Grand Prize Winner

 

Do you love what you see when you look in the mirror?

Hollywood and the fashion, cosmetics and diet industries work hard to make each of us believe that our bodies are unacceptable and need constant improvement. Print ads and television commercials reduce us to body parts — lips, legs, breasts — airbrushed and touched up to meet impossible standards. TV shows tell women and teenage girls that cosmetic surgery is good for self-esteem. Is it any wonder that 80% of U.S. women are dissatisfied with their appearance?

Women and girls spend billions of dollars every year on cosmetics, fashion, magazines and diet aids. These industries can’t use negative images to sell their products without our assistance.

Together, we can fight back! More

It’s Official- Women Hold Up Half the Sky

For the first time in U.S. history, women are half of all workers and mothers are the primary breadwinners or co-breadwinners in nearly two-thirds of American families. NOW is at the forefront of this change – and that’s just one reason to be a NOW member. 

A new report by journalist Maria Shriver, “A Woman’s Nation Changes Everything,” analyzes this new reality …and reports how much hasn’t changed. Good child care, family-friendly policies, realistic school hours, all those certainly haven’t changed much. That’s why NOW is fighting harder than ever for pay equity, family leave, health care, and all the other changes that women and men need.

 This report is full of fascinating information, and definitely worth checking out: http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2009/10/womans_nation.html/#executive_summary

What do you think? Comment below…and read on. More

Bob McDonnell’s Hypocrisy on Women’s Issues

Throughout Bob McDonnell’s career, it is clear that he has failed to take a stand with women on the family, health, work, and privacy issues we care about most. But the latest revelation about his record is deeply concerning  because  it reveals the disconnect between Bob’s ideology and his practical life as recently as 2005.   

Bob McDonnell sat on the board of Regent University for 7 years (1998 – 2005) under an employment policy that condoned sex discrimination.

It’s the latest example of a record that is littered with questionable actions on women’s issues.  When we asked McDonnell about his views on women’s rights, he cited the women in his family and the women he’s hired as examples of his support for women.

But what about the rest of us?

There is a serious disconnect between how Bob feels about the women in his personal life and every other woman in the world and it reeks of hypocrisy.

It’s clear he’s been a benevolent patriarch to his wife, daughters and staffers– but for the millions of women in Virginia he has lacked the courage to stand up and fight for policies that would advance women’s rights as a whole. 

McDonnell voted no on a resolution in support of equal pay day, he’s voted to limit a woman’s access to contraception, he opposed improving the quality of childcare and now we learn he sat silent for nearly a decade on the board of trustees at his alma mater as they operated under a discriminatory hiring policy.

If he stands with women, he should stand for all of us, not just the ones he holds dear.

 VA NOW PAC statement, 10-14-09

Our PAC Says: Vote for Jody!!

The Virginia NOW PAC has endorsed Jody Wagner for lieutenant governor. Jody has the experience and knowledge for the job -and she’ll be the first woman elected to statewide office in 20 years (since Mary Sue Terry). 

Jody has achieved a tremendous amount as finance secretary and treasurer under Govs. Warner and Kaine. As lt. gov., she will be (and is right now) a role model for girls and young women.

Sign up for Women for Jody

The Republican attack ads against Jody are – in a word – sickening.   If you can contribute to Jody’s campaign so she can not only defend herself and her record but WIN, please do so.

Contribute to Jody’s campaign

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