• DC CHAPTER OF THE NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR WOMEN

     

    The DC Chapter of the National Organization for Women was established in 1976 and works to protect the equal rights of all women and girls in the District of Columbia. As the grassroots arm of the women’s movement, the National Organization for Women (NOW) is dedicated to a multi-issue and multi-strategy approach to women’s rights, and is the largest organization of feminist grassroots activists in the United States. NOW has hundreds of chapters and thousands of members and activists in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Since our founding in 1966, NOW’s purpose is to take action through intersectional grassroots activism to promote feminist ideals, lead societal change, eliminate discrimination, and achieve and protect the equal rights of all women and girls in all aspects of social, political, and economic life.

  • EVENTS

    Please join us at the following events and check out upcoming and past events here on Facebook!

    December Chapter Meeting

    Thursday, December 14th from 6:30pm-8:00pm

    NOW Headquarters, 1100 H St. NW, Suite 300

    Join fellow feminists to learn about DC feminist happenings, chat, and be part of the movement. We meet the 2nd Thursday of every month.

     

    We will be discussing our legislative agenda, upcoming events, and book club updates.

  • ACTION & POLICY

    Moving and shaking in DC.

    Implement CEDAW in DC

    Make the global local and protect the rights of women and girls.

    The United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) and the CEDAW in DC Supporting Organizations, including DC NOW, urge Mayor Bowser and City Administrator Young to implement the recommendations made by Councilmember Allen in his letter to the City Administrator. This proposal would require all subordinate District government agencies to include performance metrics relating to achieving gender equity within their annual performance plans submitted to the City Administrator’s office.

     

    The goal of the Cities for CEDAW campaign is to “Make the Global Local” and protect the rights of women and girls by implementing the principles of CEDAW in cities and towns across the United States. Cities that have adopted CEDAW principles have made gains in several key areas. For example, San Francisco developed a domestic violence response
    that led to a record 44 months without a single domestic violence homicide.

     

    The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against
    Women (CEDAW) is a United Nations treaty that focuses on women’s rights and calls on nations to eliminate discrimination in politics, law, employment, education, and health care. CEDAW is making a difference in many countries by:
    • reducing violence against women
    • providing access to education and employment opportunities
    • addressing differences in family law and inheritance rights
    • increasing political participation

     

    Join our efforts! Email CEDAW@unanca.org or president@dc-now.org for more information about how you can get involved.

    Pay all workers One Fair Wage in DC

    Get rid of the two tiered wage system in DC. 

    Through the One Fair Wage campaign, we will be advancing a campaign in DC to pass legislation that will require the restaurant industry to pay all its employees at least the regular minimum wage.

     

    Due to the lobbying power of the National Restaurant Association and Fortune 500 restaurant corporations, the restaurant industry is one of the only industries that gets away, in 43 states, with not paying the great majority of people who work in restaurants — servers, bussers, hosts, bartenders — at least the minimum wage.

     

    Since the restaurant industry does not pay its servers the minimum wage, servers are forced to rely on tips as their wage. Their employer gives them as little as $2.13 an hour (the federal tipped minimum wage since 1991), and then takes out taxes


    Seventy percent of people who work in the restaurant industry are women. Since a living base wage is not guaranteed, and women are instead forced to depend on tips, they frequently have to put up with sexual harassment from customers, co-workers, and management. The EEOC has targeted the restaurant industry as the single largest source of sexual harassment charges filed by women with a rate five times higher than any other industry.

     

    Sign the petition to give all workers One Fair Wage. Nobody deserves to make a subminimum wage.

    Support the Sanctuary Restaurants Movement

    Help immigrants and undocumented workers feel safe in their workplace.

    The restaurant industry in the United States employs 1.1 million undocumented immigrants, and in the current political climate those individuals are facing heightened xenophobia, deportation, and ICE raids.
    Sanctuary Restaurants is a growing movement--involving hundreds of restaurants, and thousands of diners, workers, and allies nationwide--to stand by these workers and create safe and equitable work environments free from sexism, racism, and xenophobia.
     

    NOW is calling on our activist networks to support the Sanctuary Restaurants movement. Activists around the country can reach out to and engage the management at their favorite restaurant about this movement, and provide them the necessary information and resources to get involved. If you’d like your favorite restaurant to join the movement,
    give them an informational card found here. The NOW National Action Program has also created a Phone Script for those who choose to call in to restaurants to start the dialogue.


    Other Resources:
    Sanctuary Restaurants leave behind cards.
    Sanctuary Restaurants table card.


    Other Actions:
    Have you witnessed or experienced hate, harassment, or discriminations in a restaurant?
    1. Text TABLE to 225568 to report injustice, or
    2. Tweet or direct message the incident to @table4everyone
    3. Email info@sanctuaryrestaurants.org, or
    4. Fill out this form with as many details as you can

    Support EACH Woman Act and the Women's Health Protection Act

    Help us lift bans that deny abortion coverage.

    All Above All unites organizations and individuals to build support for lifting the bans that deny abortion coverage. Our vision is to restore public insurance coverage so that every woman, however much she makes, can get affordable, safe abortion care when she needs it.

     

    Since the passage of the Hyde amendment in 1976, Congress has withheld coverage for abortion services from women insured through the Medicaid program. Currently, nearly 1 in 7 women of reproductive age (15-44) is insured through the program, and this will rise when the Affordable Care Act is implemented. Restricting Medicaid coverage of abortion forces one in four women to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term. A woman who wants to get an abortion but is denied is three times more likely to fall into poverty than those who can get an abortion.

     

    Learn more here and take action here.

  • PAST WORK

    Our most recent policy and campaign victories in DC.

    The Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act Passed!

    Now no one has to choose between to care for their families needs and the paycheck they depend on.

    New parents need time to recover from birth or adoption and bond with
    their babies. We all need time to care for aging parents and relatives.
    And if, g-d forbid, your partner or your sister gets sick you've earned the time to give your care and get better. When our families need us, we need to be there—without worrying about the bills, or whether we'll have a job later. Now DC residents will have the option to get 8 weeks off for having a baby, 6 weeks to take care of a sick, loved one, and 2 weeks for their own medical leave. Paid family and medical leave insurance ensures that working people and families have the financial stability they need when life happens. Look more about this historic win here.

    We won reform of how MPD handles sexual assault cases!

    Read the report by Human Rights Watch.

    Human Rights Watch revealed in a report what advocates in DC suspected: that MPD was not handling all cases of sexual assault properly. The report reveals that 170 reported cases were not documented by police and many victims were treated insensitively. DC NOW worked with CM Tommy Wells, who chairs the Council's Committee on the Judiciary that oversees MPD, to ensure that these problems are remedied. In April, the DC Council passed the Sexual Assault Victims Rights Amendment Act of 2013. It requires real reform of how MPD handles sexual assault cases and survivors.

    We got a law passed to end workplace pregnancy discrimination in DC!

    We got the DC Council to pass the Protecting Pregnant Workers Fairness Act of 2014!

    The Washington City Paper reported that a Chipotle worker in DC was pushed out of her job because she was pregnant and therefore needed a few extra bathroom breaks and the opportunity to drink extra water. DC NOW sprang into action calling on the DC Council to require employers to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant or breastfeeding employees. This law passed the DC Council in September 2014!

    The Access to Contraceptives Amendment Act Passed!

    Providing women with a 12-month supply of contraception at a time reduces the unintended pregnancy rate by 46%.

    Thank you to the council for passing the Access to Contraceptives Amendment Act by a vote of 13-0. DC Council Chair Phil Mendelson and Councilmembers David Grosso, Brianne Nadeau, Kenyan McDuffie, Elissa Silverman, Jack Evans, Charles Allen, Mary Cheh, and Yvette Alexander introduced this legislation at DC NOW's urging on January 6, 2015. This bill reduces unintended pregnancy by providing better access to contraceptives, requiring that health insurance plans and Medicaid provide a 12-month supply at one time rather than only 1- or 3-month supplies. A study showed that when women are provided a 12-month supply of contraception, the unintended pregnancy rate goes down by 30%. We deserve the right to better access to contraceptives.

    Fought Price Discrimination

    Women shouldn't pay more for the same products and services.

    Price discrimination means charging different prices for the same essential products or services to different people, based on sex, race, sexual orientation or other irrelevant reasons. Price discrimination is illegal in DC, but many businesses ignore this and thus women are charged more for hair cuts, gym memberships, drug store products, dry cleaning, car services, and much more. DC NOW identified instances of price discrimination and worked with the DC Office of Human Rights to put it to a stop. 

  • ELECTIONS

    Our endorsements are based on the candidates answers to our candidate questionnaire and their record of service inside or outside of government.

     

    Current Elections

    Check back to see who we will be endorsing in 2018!

    Previous Elections

    In previous elections, we endorsed the following candidates:

    Vincent Gray for DC Council Ward 7

    David Grosso for At-Large

    Jack Evans for DC Council Ward 2

    LaRuby May for DC Council Ward 8

    Brandon Todd for DC Council Ward 4

    Muriel Bowser for Mayor

    Phil Mendelson for DC Council Chair

    Lateefah Williams for Attorney General

    Elissa Silverman for DC Council At Large

    Anita Bonds for DC Council At Large

    David Grosso for DC Council At Large

    Brianne Nadeau for DC Council Ward 1

    Mary Cheh for DC Council Ward 3

    Kenyan McDuffie for DC Council Ward 5

    Charles Allen for DC Council Ward 6

    Yes on Initiative 71 to decriminalize marijuana

  • BOOK CLUB

    All are welcome to join our book club, suggest books, and take turns hosting!

    DC NOW Book Club. Join us!

    One meeting each month, 6 books a year, great conversation.

    Our September/October book is Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay. We will meet on Sunday, October 22nd at Teaism in Penn Quarter at 6:30PM.

     

    To join the DC NOW book club, sign up here. Meetings are typically the first Sunday or first Thursday of the month.

     

    Some of the previous books we have read are The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Why Not Me by Mindy Kaling, Feminist Fight Club by Jessica Bennett, In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero, The Unfinished Revoution by Kathleen Gerson, The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin, Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert, Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman, Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, Vagina by Naomi Wolf, Colonize This by Daisy Hernandez, and Revolution From Within by Gloria Steinem.

     

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  • WHO WE ARE

    Central to DC NOW is our members.

    You.

    Our 980 members

    DC NOW is successful because of our members! Our members decide our agenda and how we move our policy agenda forward. Not a member? Click the JOIN tab above.

    Monica Weeks

    President

    Monica Weeks has previously advocated for organizations that work on domestic and sexual violence issues, immigration reform, and has directed and participated in several productions of The Vagina Monologues. Monica is the Business Owner of MSW Photography & Design, LLC where she serves as the principal photographer and design consultant. Before deciding to pursue her passion of photography and interior design, she was the Grants and Finance Coordinator for the Global Energy Program and Global Business Center at the World Resources Institute. She attended Florida International University where she completed her Masters degree in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Women's Studies. She received the Tinker Field Research Grant to travel to Nicaragua for her thesis on the effectiveness of NGOs and their impact on the status of women in Nicaragua. Monica currently serves as a National Organization for Women National Board Member where she chairs the Immigrant Protection Committee. She was appointed to the SheDC task force for the DC Mayor's Office on Women's Policy and Initiatives (MOWPI) and is a proud member of the Women's Information Network (WIN). She has been featured on Voice of America's Noticias and International Edition, ImpactoNY, the New York Times, and Marie Claire. She was previously the Membership Director of DC NOW and hopes to continue to mobilize more women of color to join DC NOW.

    Amanda Guiliano

    Vice President

     

    Amanda earned a BA in English with a minor in psychology from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. After teaching English in France for three years, she moved to DC in 2014 where she has since worked in program management and medical guideline development at a women's healthcare organization. She is currently pursuing a Masters degree in public health at George Washington University.

    Erin Radford

    Treasurer

    Erin has been a DC NOW member since 2008 and has served previously as treasurer and Chapter Coordinator. She moved to DC in 2004 after completing her MA in International Studies and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London. She works in the Middle East and North Africa department of an international labor rights organization and is a proud member of the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) local 2 and the Industrial Workers of the World.

    Elizabeth Herndon

    Communications Director

    Elizabeth has been a member of DC NOW since she moved to DC in 2015. She earned a BA in History and Anthropology from Syracuse University in 2012 and a MA in Museum Studies from University College of London in 2013. She is a passionate advocate for women's education and reproductive rights. She currently works for the Smithsonian in education and visitor services.

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    Calvary Women's Services provides housing, health, education and employment services to homeless women in Washington, DC. At Calvary, women have a safe place to sleep, home-cooked meals, addiction recovery and mental health services and a community of support.

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