National Organization for Women:
News & Action Summary
OCTOBER 23, 2012
IN THIS ISSUE:
Every single vote counts! It's never been more important to get the truth out about what's at stake for women in the elections. Exercising our right to vote is crucial! NOW/PAC has endorsed the Obama-Biden ticket and scores of pro-women candidates for the U.S. Senate and House. But only with your help can we ensure that our champions are elected! Take our pledge NOW!
Romney and Ryan share the right-wing thirst for converting Social Security to a private program under which billions of previously safeguarded dollars would flow into Wall Street traders' hands. But they know their agenda is so deeply unpopular with the vast majority of voters that they have to tread carefully. Read more.
NOW shares a page from its election "binder" highlighting the positions of the Obama/Biden and Romney/Ryan tickets on women's rights issues. Print out this flyer (PDF) and help distribute it in your community.
NOW thanks Candy Crowley for moderating a substantive debate that finally got around to tackling women's rights issues. Both candidates' answers were telling. Read more.
As Love Your Body Day actions took place across the country, the NOW Foundation released results to its survey, showing that respondents want advertisers and the media to stop using Photoshop to create unrealistic images of women and girls. Read more.
In a letter to the moderator of the second presidential debate, NOW said: "Undecided voters are looking for answers that will help them make well-informed decisions when they head to the polls in just three weeks. Please do all you can to make sure that voters know where the candidates stand -- and as you 'go rogue,' know that we fully support you." Read more.
Throughout the world, countless young girls are robbed of their childhood through violence, forced marriage and lack of access to health care or education. This month, the United Nations promoted human rights for girls by marking the first-ever International Day of the Girl Child. NOW applauds the UN for calling for an end to child marriage and emphasizing education as the best defense against this cruel and discriminatory practice. Read more.
NOW President Terry O'Neill writes on The Huffington Post: "Bully, lie, manipulate, threaten. Mitt Romney believes these tactics will get him what he wants. But I believe in the good sense of women voters throughout the country." Read more.
NOW has joined with Video the Vote to document voter suppression and disenfranchisement. Whether you're handy with a video camera or not, Video the Vote has a job for you! Sign up online to help ensure that the full story of Election Day gets told. Read more.