Saturday, November 18, 2006

Commemorating N.O.W.'s 40th birthday

NPR's "All Things Considered" did a story today on the 40th anniversary of the founding the National Organization for Women. I didn't get to hear all of it, but the part I did hear was about how Third Wave feminists are suffering from exactly the same social evils as we did all those decades ago, yet they are not interested in joining an organization that actively fights to change the status quo.

Also interesting was listening to a women's studies professor at George Washington University address her class of women: "Now, guys..."

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NOW has not been very good at including women of color. I remember adding color to the photos when I was a delegate. This could be one of the reasons why third wave feminists aren't eager to join. Otherwise, it's a good organization.

By Anonymous Donna Darko, at 7:23 PM  

That's interesting to know, especially considering NOW's racial diversity program. When I was an active member (Kim Gandy and I were in the same chapter), women of color were very much a part of NOW. A few years ago, I renewed my membership, but the only chapter is about forty miles away, so I'm not active.

Four or five years ago, a client of mine told me she went to a meeting here in our city (I don't think the chapter exists anymore) and left because the members had designated right to choose as a "low priority" item.

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