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News & Action Summary

September 1, 2010


RATIFY WOMEN! Campaign Website Launches

NOW's Ratify Women campaign

Adopted by the U.N. in 1979, the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is the most complete international agreement on basic human rights for women. To date, 185 countries have ratified CEDAW. Even though the U.S. helped draft the treaty, it is the only industrialized country left to ratify. Check out NOW's new RATIFY WOMEN! website.

Get Ready to Celebrate Love Your Body Day

Love Your Body 2010 Poster

Tired of advertisers telling you what's wrong with your body, skin, hair, face? Fed up with the media's narrow portrayal of women? Help NOW Foundation promote positive, inclusive images of women and girls. Start planning events now for Love Your Body Day on Oct. 20. Learn more about the campaign. Enter the contest to design next year's poster.

When Media Giants Wed: NOT a Feminist Love Story

When big media companies merge or partner it's rarely a good thing. Sure, it might be profitable for those at the top and stockholders. But generally it's bad news for the little people -- otherwise known as their viewers, listeners, readers and users. Why is this a feminist issue? Read why.

NOW Calls On Treasury Secretary to Support Elizabeth Warren

NOW President Terry O'Neill sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, urging him to call on President Obama to nominate Elizabeth Warren to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Read the letter (PDF).

Women's Equality Day: Time for Constitutional Guarantee of Women's Rights

Ninety years ago women were given the right to vote when the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was signed into law. However, women are still denied the one thing that would make them truly equal to men -- equal protection of the law, which all men receive thanks to the 14th Amendment. Read more.

NOW Congratulates Kendrick Meek, All Endorsed Primary Winners

NOW applauds Rep. Kendrick Meek for his impressive victory in Florida's Democratic primary. Meek defeated billionaire investor Jeff Greene, despite Greene's estimated $25 million campaign spending and his particularly malicious attacks on Meek. Read more.

Action Spotlight

NOW to President Obama: Alan Simpson Must Go

Alan Simpson is not fit to lead the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. The ugliness of his disrespect for women is matched only by his dogged determination to dismantle Social Security. NOW urges President Obama to take a stand on this issue and replace Simpson immediately. You can take action on NOW's website or through Twitter.

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