Oregon’s New Equal Pay Act: What Everyone Needs to Know – July 24 – 6pm

The 2017 Oregon Legislature passed a landmark Equal Pay Act, putting Oregon at the forefront toward equalizing pay between women and men. Trish Garner, Public Policy Chair of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) of Oregon, will lead a discussion of this important legislation at the Tuesday, July 24 meeting of the Central Oregon Coast Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW). The discussion will take place at 6 pm in the McEntee Meeting Room, Newport Public Library, 35 NW Nye Street, Newport. The public is invited.

OREGON’s new FAIR PAY ACT specifies that: (1) an employer cannot pay an employee less because of their sex, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, age, disability or veteran status; (2) an employer can’t pay an employee’s coworker more for a comparable job unless the entire pay gap is based on one or more of these conditions: seniority, merit, quality or quantity of production, education, training, experience, workplace location or travel; (3) an employer cannot screen job applicants based on current or previous compensation or determine salary on that basis; (4) an employer cannot ask a potential new hire how much he or she is currently paid or has been paid in the past until after making a job offer that includes compensation; and (5) an employer cannot cut an employee’s pay to follow this law or retaliate against the employee for asking for equal pay.

The U.S. Supreme Court May Be Hazardous To Women’s Health

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments today in the case of National Institute of Family Life Advocates v. Becerra, a challenge to the California FACT Act,

Source: The U.S. Supreme Court May Be Hazardous To Women’s Health | National Organization for Women

Leading Feminist Organizations Convene Summit to Discuss Solutions for Sexual Harassment

Leading Feminist Organizations Convene Summit

to Discuss Solutions for Sexual Harassment

Enough is Enough Summit & Briefing April 25, 2018;
Washington, DC

March 15, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Enough Is Enough campaign, launched in December by coalition partners National Organization for Women (NOW), Feminist Majority, National Congress of Black Women, UNITE HERE, Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, and Legal Momentum are holding a one-day summit and congressional briefing on April 25, 2018 in Washington, D.C. These groups are bringing together activists and allies to discuss strategies and craft initiatives to combat sexual violence and develop survivor-centric solutions on the ground, in the courts, and in Congress.

Through panels and discussion, the event will serve as an opportunity to listen to a diverse group of people – from survivors themselves to various activists and allies working across different industries and sectors. These participants will not only share their first-hand experiences with sexual violence and harassment, but help lay a groundwork of recommendations for actionable solutions. The goal of Enough is Enough is to shine light on what sexual harassment looks like for different communities, and how together we can work to craft informed solutions that address these specific barriers.

WHAT: Enough is Enough Summit Discussion Topics to Include:

  • Strengthening Federal Law and Policy
  • Model State Laws and Workplace Policies
  • Countering Misogyny and Changing the Culture

WHO: Convening Leaders and Program Participants:

  • Toni Van Pelt, President, National Organization for Women (NOW)
  • Eleanor Smeal, Co-Founder & President, Feminist Majority
  • Dr. E. Faye Williams, National President, National Congress of Black Women
  • Maria Elena Durazo, General Vice-President, UNITE HERE
  • Mónica Ramírez, President, Alianza Nacional de Campesinas
  • Carol Robles-Román, President and CEO, Legal Momentum
  • Carol Moody, Chief Operating Officer, Legal Momentum

Confirmed Speakers and Panelists:

  • Gaylynn Burroughs, Policy Director, Feminist Majority Foundation
  • Sunu Chandy, Legal Director, National Women’s Law Center
  • Chai Feldblum, Commissioner, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
  • Debra Katz, Founding Partner, Katz, Marshall & Banks, LLP
  • Sonia Ossorio, President, New York City NOW and NY State NOW
  • Maya Raghu, Director of Workplace Equality and Senior Counsel, National Women’s Law Center
  • Kathy Spillar, Executive Editor, Ms. Magazine

For an updated schedule of events and speakers, please visit ​http://bit.ly/EnoughSummit2018 

WHEN: Thursday, April 25, 2018; 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

WHERE: Congressional Visitors Center: Atrium and Auditorium First St. NE (at East Capitol St.), Washington, DC 20515

MEDIA: For media interested in attending ​the event, please contact Daniella Burgos at dburgos@scottcircle.com​; 202.695.8221.

For media interested in interviews with any of the convening partners or participants, please contact Dee Donavanik, ddonavanik@scottcircle.com​;  202.695.8229.

GUEST RSVP: For more information on the Enough is Enough campaign and to RSVP for the Summit, ​please ​click here​ (free to attend). 


National Action team’s bi-weekly Action Report – 3/1/2018

The National Action team’s bi-weekly Action Report sends timely ways you can get involved. Check out this week’s latest activities and take action NOW!

Protect Our Future & Advocate for Gun Control!

Mass shootings in the United States have become as commonplace as baseball and apple pie. Let’s be clear: this is not normal! The events in Florida were a preventable tragedy. We cannot sit by quietly as our elected officials line their pockets with money from the NRA and fail to pass stringent gun control policies. The Senate will soon vote on two gun bills: the Fix NICs Act (S. 2135) and the the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (S.446).

Let’s take action to protect families and children. Call your Senators NOW and ask them to 1) support S.2135 and 2) oppose S.446.

To take action, click here!

Support A Clean Dream Act!

The fight is still on! On Monday, the Supreme Court rejected the Trump administration’s bid to get justices to expedite the termination of DACA. This win is a sweeping victory for young immigrants, but it is only a small reprieve. Thousands of young immigrants still face deportation. The only concrete solution is the Clean Dream Act. Over 1,000 NOW activists have contacted their MoCs to support the Clean Dream Act. Join them today and support immigrant women and families. The time is NOW!

To contact your Senator and support a Clean Dream Act, click here!

Stop South Carolina’s Latest Personhood Bill!

Right now, women in South Carolina are taking action against S.217, South Carolina’s new personhood bill. The bill has made it out of committee and is headed to a vote on the Senate floor. We need you to take action today! If you live in South Carolina, contact your State Senator and urge them to take a stand against S.217. If you are outside of South Carolina, post on social media using the hashtag, #SCpol.

 To take action, click here!

What Is Racial Gerrymandering?

With midterm elections approaching, it is important that we not only head to the polls, but understand some of the sneaky tactics used by lawmakers to suppress the vote. One of the most harmful methods of voter suppression is gerrymandering. Gerrymandering has resurged in the past five years following the U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Shelby v. Holder in 2013. Gerrymandering, both partisan and racial, has a devastating impact on progressive communities and their rights.

To learn more about gerrymandering, click here!

Care for All: Learn More About Rural Women

In our increasingly hostile political climate, access to reproductive healthcare hangs in the balance. Yet, some communities are faced with unique barriers that stretch beyond legislation and policy and extend to economics, geography, and access. Read our latest report on rural women and the herculean lengths they go through to access their basic reproductive healthcare needs.

To learn more about rural women and reproductive justice, click here!

Sign Up For Civic Days with NOW!

Let your voice be heard! Join us in Washington, DC for a lobby day at the Capitol on April 26. NOW will provide training to activists at our National Action Center on April 24, preparing them to meet with their members of Congress. NOW activists will be lobbying on legislation regarding sexual assault and harassment, abortion and reproductive rights, and other pertinent bills moving through Congress.

Sign up to learn more about NOW’s Civic Days and join us in April!


(portrait) Press forward,
Toni Van Pelt

“If we don’t stand up for our rights, Donald Trump and his right-wing allies will take them away from us. We must get out the vote!”

National Organization for Women President Toni Van Pelt will be among the speakers on Saturday, January 20, Women’s March on Washington 2018. Women and

Source: “If we don’t stand up for our rights, Donald Trump and his right-wing allies will take them away from us. We must get out the vote!” | National Organization for Women

NOW announces #EnoughIsEnough Campaign To Dismantle the Culture of Violence Against Women

The National Organization for Women (NOW) announces today the #EnoughIsEnough campaign, led by NOW and coalition partners including Feminist Majority, National

Source: NOW announces #EnoughIsEnough Campaign To Dismantle the Culture of Violence Against Women | National Organization for Women