We advance laws, promote women in politics, fight for reproductive justice, challenge discrimination and violence against women, and act NOW.
We Grabbed Trump By the Ballot & Won
In the midst of a pandemic we quickly adapted our activism to deliver a new online series of Activist Power Hours; educated voters on the core issues of reproductive justice, economic inequality, racial justice, and effective civic engagement; and mobilized phonebanking and voter outreach to support women’s rights candidates and finally vote Trump out, ushering in new leadership and helping to elect the first Black and South-Asian woman Vice President in U.S. history!
New York Expands Statute of Limitations on Rape
Thirteen years after we worked to eliminate the statute of limitations on rape in the first degree, we celebrated the extension of the statute of limitations for rape in the second and third degree and criminal sexual acts in the second degree. The statute of limitations will now be twenty years for second degree rape and ten years for third degree.
New Law Ends Child Marriage in New York
After a two-year campaign to raise awareness about child marriage in New York, we passed a new law banning marriage for minors ages 14 to 16 and put new protections in place to ensure 17-year-olds are not being coerced or forced into marriage. The new law ends the practice of adult men marrying underage girls in our state.
Women Resist and Make "Herstory"
In the months after the consequential 2016 election, we mobilized a historic response and renewed our commitment to be a home for activism, women’s rights, and equality for all New Yorkers. We organized workshops on civic engagement, trained thousands of new activists, and brought 12 buses of NOW-NYC members to the inaugural Women’s March in Washington, D.C.
A Track Record of Success.
Together, we canvassed across the northeast to elect a new, blue wave of women’s rights candidates to office in 2018.
In the past decade, we’ve united members and allies to pass stronger laws that advance equality for NY women.
Years in Action
For more than half a century, we have been raising the bar for what women and girls are able to achieve.
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