NOW-NYC: Our Mission
As a leading women’s rights organization, the National Organization for Women is a powerful advocate for women and girls. Since our founding 50 years ago, NOW-NYC has a long and proud legacy of being on the legal, political, and social frontlines, fighting for equality and working to create a culture that fully values women.
We Give Women a Powerful Voice:
We play a pivotal role in shaping the debate on critical issues that impact women. Few other organizations have the clout and visibility we do to change the dialogue and respond to sexism and injustice on a daily basis. Whether it’s being first to respond to media sexism exposed to women in leadership roles, or marshalling breaking news to foster discussion on women and society, we are changing the conversation and our culture.
We Are a Force for Change:
We advocate to expand opportunities for women on all rungs of the career ladder. Women still earn less than their fair share and are underrepresented at the top. Only 19% of board seats at Fortune 500 companies are women. NOW-NYC puts a spotlight on companies that aim for gender parity on their boards and in their executive offices. We’ve led the effort to establish fair workplaces that prevent discrimination against mothers, caregivers, and pregnant workers. We also continue to break barriers for women and girls by advocating for new laws and policies. This year NOW-NYC was pivotal in securing new women’s rights legislation in New York and will combat human trafficking, protect pregnant low-wage workers, close the wage gap, and put a spotlight on workplace sexual harassment.
We Get Pro-Women’s Rights Leaders Elected:
Women hold less than one fifth of the seats in Congress and 24% of seats in the New York State legislature. New York is 27nd in the nation for women’s representation. It is a central part of our mission to elect strong women candidates. We are educating voters on the women’s rights credentials of all candidates and working to recruit, support, and elect qualified pro-choice women to office. NOW-NYC is devoted to defund against constant attacks on abortion and contraception by strengthening New York’s outdated abortion laws and shape a future where women’s full reproductive healthcare is secure.
We Aim to End Violence:
NOW-NYC has been a leader in fighting human trafficking and holding the criminal justice system accountable for taking gender-based violence seriously. We secured the first ever anti-human trafficking law in New York State, launched a successful campaign to repeal New York’s five-year statute of limitations on rape, and we built an innovative campaign to educate the public about sex trafficking on our streets – work that received national and international recognition.
We Create Tomorrow’s Leaders:
Through out Activist Alliance, internship, and volunteer programs, we are building a diverse community of feminist activists who will have the tools, knowledge, and skills needed to effectively make real gains for women and girls.