Calling all activists! The National NOW Board will appoint committees and task forces soon. The deadline to apply for appointment is Friday, January 7. To be eligible, you must be a NOW member — feel free to forward this notice to any NOW member you think would be interested in applying.
What is the purpose of committees?
Some committees put together campaigns and materials, while others advise NOW on a given issue. Committees also have input on national action campaigns. Generally, committees choose to work via e-mail and/or conference calls. The names of the available committees and their purposes follow.
Young Feminist Task Force — a committee of young feminists aged 30 and under to advise the Board of Directors and National Conference on matters of agenda, leadership recruitment and issue prioritization regarding young feminists in NOW. We would particularly like to have increased representation from young feminists of color and high-school and college-age activists. The YFTF is a permanent committee of NOW.
Family Law Advisory Committee — to work and to further advise the NOW National Board of systematic changes or harmful legislation that adversely impacts women in the family court system and impedes justice and equality in the courtroom, and related strategies. The Family Law Advisory Committee is an ad hoc committee of NOW.
Combating Racism Advisory Committee — to encourage growth at all levels within NOW of multiracial task forces to combat racism; to solicit input from women of color organizations and political leaders, and produce recommendations for an action program. The Combating Racism Advisory Committee is an ad hoc committee of NOW.
Mothers and Caregivers Economic Rights Advisory Committee — to work with the NOW National Board and officers to develop state-based and national strategies on issues surrounding the economic rights of U.S. mothers and caregivers, including online resources and action kits, talking points, programming ideas, media resources, and other materials. The Mothers and Caregivers Economic Rights Advisory Committee is an ad hoc committee of NOW.
Disability Rights Advisory Committee — to work with the National NOW Action Center to fully integrate issues of women with disabilities into our work on all feminist issues, including domestic violence, child custody, health care, equality in employment and education, lesbian rights, body image, reproductive and abortion rights. The Disability Rights Advisory Committee is an ad hoc committee of NOW.
Lesbian Rights Advisory Committee — to work with the NOW National Board and officers to develop and implement a strategic proactive education campaign for full rights regardless of sexual orientation, addressing state and federal legislation, ballot initiatives, and efforts to influence and move public opinion and policymakers. The Lesbian Rights Advisory Committee is an ad hoc committee of NOW.
Global Strategies and Issues Advisory Committee — to more fully develop NOW positions on foreign policy and the impact of U.S. foreign policy and expenditures on women worldwide, and help develop strategies to counter these policies if needed. The Global Strategies and Issues Advisory Committee is an ad hoc committee of NOW.
Abortion Destigmatization Advisory Committee — to work with the National NOW Action Center to develop and implement a strategic proactive campaign to achieve universal access to abortion as part of normal health care, repeal abortion funding restrictions and support doctors who provide abortion care in the face of terrorism and harassment. The Abortion Destigmatization Advisory Committee is an ad hoc committee of NOW.
Virtual Chapters Task Force — a task force with a diverse experience of leadership and grassroots organizing within NOW to advise the NOW National Board on recommended policies and any necessary bylaws changes in order to implement virtual chapters and related matters. The Virtual Chapters Task Force was created by a bylaws amendment at the 2009 National Conference.
How do I apply for a committee?
Please submit (or encourage any interested applicant to submit) a letter of interest to ComApp@now.org (with the subject line "Committee" and the name of the committee you are applying for) explaining your background, interest, involvement, or expertise with regard to the specific issue or subject area, and what you would bring to the committee's work. Please also include at least one goal that you would recommend for the committee's work. If you are a current committee member applying for reappointment please provide at least one paragraph detailing your contributions to the committee during the past year.
NOW is committed to diversity and requires that every committee represent a variety of voices, so please note any diversity that you bring to the committee. Some examples of diversity are race, ethnicity, age, disability, and sexual orientation, but you are not limited to those categories. Please let us know if you identify as a woman of color.
Feel free to also include any endorsements or letters of recommendation from NOW leaders or others on your behalf, but those are not required. Be sure to submit your information by the deadline above.