Virginia NOW is a non-profit feminist organization whose purpose is to bring women into full participation in society --- sharing equal rights while living free from discrimination. We promote awareness of issues that impact women economically, legally, socially, and personally. Our chapters across Virginia work in their local communities and cooperate at the state level to promote feminist values and a progressive vision for a prosperous, thriving, and robust future for women and Virginia.
Collectively, we work towards these goals by raising and maintaining awareness of feminist responses to women's issues through education of the public at large via old and new media. We also strive to expand women's participation in Virginia politics and civic life through direct political work with feminist candidates, lobbying state legislature, and by collaborating with our ally organizations across the social spectrum.
The purpose of Virginia NOW is to bring women into full participation in the mainstream of American society, exercising all privileges and responsibilities thereof in truly equal partnership with men.
Who We Are
An independent affiliate of the National NOW organization, the Virginia Chapter of the National Organization for Women works at the state level to empower women and expand their rights. Learn more about our staff and board.
Join our mission to empower women and strengthen equality within Virginia by becoming a member today. If you'd like to stay up to date with us, please join us on Facebook, Twitter, and check out our blog.
Virginia NOW (nor any of its local chapters) is NOT intended to be used as a crisis hotline for emergency resources. Please see our Support page for "as needed" services and contacts. We are a women's rights, information / resource, and advocacy organization. We hope to provide beneficial resources.
The Virginia NOW Political Action Committee (PAC) expands women's participation in Virginia politics and civil life through direct political work with feminist candidates, both male and female, for office.
From our time at the forefront of the push for the Equal Rights Amendment, through our incorporation in 1983, Virginia NOW continues to work to:
- Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)
- Reproductive Freedom & Choice
- Extend availability of all forms of birth control (including men's)
- Expand abortion access
- Support legal autonomy over one's body
- Addressing and Preventing Violence Against Women
- Update and improve the child support system and collection
- Build a quality & affordable education system
- A budget supportive of under-served population – women, children, persons with mental illness, lower-income persons and families and others
- Employee Rights & Workplace Fairness
- Raise minimum wage
- Salary increases and company promotions comparable to employer skill set
- Paid sick days, paid vacation, lunch hour + breaks, weekends and holidays off, family/medical leave, etc.
- Expand the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to include part-time employees
- Right to Healthcare, Health Insurance, & Retirement Insurance
- Protect Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, Affordable Healthcare (a.k.a. Obamacare)
- End the Prescription Monitoring Program
- Ensure voting rights for all registered citizens
- Implement nonpartisan redistricting in Virginia
- Decriminalize Sex Work in Virginia
- Recognition of Feminist / Goddess Theologies
- Support Women's History Museums and Monuments
- End NSA, Government, Internet, and Corporate Surveillance
Learn more in our Represent section.
Statement of Purpose
© NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR WOMEN (N.O.W.)
(Adopted at the organizing conference in Washington, D.C., October 29, 1966)
"We, men and women, who hereby constitute ourselves as the National Organization for Women, believe that the time has come for a new movement toward true equality for all women in America, and toward a fully equal partnership of the sexes, as part of the world-wide revolution of human rights now taking place within and beyond our national borders.
The purpose of NOW is to take action to bring women into full participation in the mainstream of American society now, exercising all the privileges and responsibilities; thereof in truly equal partnership with men.
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