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Ending Misogyny and Discrimination Against Women in Our Judicial System 

April 20, 2022   
There's some good news from Richmond. The judicial system may be a little fairer - especially for women - as the result of two bills championed by Virginia NOW member Lisa Sales, based on her personal experiences as a women's rights advocate and sexual assault survivor.
The first bill - HB761, introduced by Sales’ delegate Paul Krizek (44th District, Fairfax County) - deals with

Why Can't We Make Women's Equality The Law of the Land?


By Jesse Wegman, The New York Times, Jan. 28, 2022
Even if you are a political junkie, there’s a good chance you didn’t realize that the United States Constitution grew 58 words longer this week.

Those words, which begin, “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex,” are the text of the Equal Rights Amendment.


Our 2022 Legislative Priorities - for Justice, Equality, Women’s Rights


Virginia NOW Priority Bills 2022

Reproductive Health




SB735/ Ruff

Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act- 20 week abortion ban




Abortion Prohibitions



HB212/ Greenhalgh

Biased Counseling




Treatment of “Born-Alive” Infant




Targets Planned Parenthood Funding




Task Force on


Just Days Into the Legislative Session, Republicans Already Filed Nearly A Dozen Anti-Abortion Bills

Just Days Into the Legislative Session, Republicans Have Already Filed Nearly A Dozen Anti-Abortion Bills

Richmond, Virginia—Republicans, some of whom promised that passing anti-abortion bills was not part of their agenda, have already filed a host of anti-abortion bills in week one of the 2022 Virginia General Assembly session. The proposed bills would reverse nearly all of the progress made


Protect Abortion Rights? Virginia Democrats’ Vacation Plans Get in the Way

Protect Abortion Rights? Virginia Democrats’ Vacation Plans Get in the Way.  Edited for website

The New York Times, 12/17/21

“We’ve got two years to do our job each term, and I don’t know why we wouldn’t use all the time to do our jobs during that term,” Ms. Hudson said. “If not for Roe, for what?”

Democrats have less than a month left controlling Virginia before Republicans take over the House


Urgent: Protect Safe, Legal Abortion in Virginia

December 17, 2021
Dear Activist,
This is an urgent request to email, call or send a Tweet to Senator Dick Saslaw, majority leader of the Virginia state Senate. 
Access to abortion is at risk in Virginia with a new Governor and a Republican majority in the House of Delegates. We can protect safe, legal abortion by codifying Roe v. Wade into law before the new administration takes over in January. This

This is a Must-Win Election! Don't Let Virginia Get Trump-ed

With the 2021 Virginia elections underway, the races for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General are all in the single-digits. Many of our endorsed candidates for the House of Delegates are  also in races that are very close. We cannot afford to lose any progressive incumbents and need to add more equality champions to our numbers.

If you have been on the fence about volunteering,


EVENT: The Criminalization of Black and Brown Girls

Adversity, Abuse, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Organized by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women and Virginia NOW

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Wednesday, May 19th, 2021

With the increased attention to criminal justice reform and racial justice, this is the time to focus on dismantling racist and sexist policies and practices targeting Black and Brown girls and young women. These include "the school-to-prison

VA NOW Endorses Hala Ayala for Lt. Gov. - A Beacon for Equality

The VA NOW Political Action Committee has voted unanimously to endorse Hala Ayala's candidacy for Lt. Governor. It is with great pride and excitement that VA NOW pledges our support for Hala. 

Hala has been a Virginia chapter and state NOW leader - but much more, she has been a beacon for equality in the state House of Delegates. Her commitment to Virginia's girls and women is paramount to her


Our 2021 Legislative Priorities - for Justice, Equality, Women’s Rights

Virginia NOW advocates for issues and legislation furthering justice and equality, especially on measures impacting women and girls: this includes voting rights, criminal justice reforms, economic justice advances, educational equity, and women’s health and safety, including abortion rights and gun safety. We support the two constituional amends: marraige equality and restoring the right to

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