DC Chapter of the National Organization for Women
We endorsed the following feminist candidates for DC Mayor, Council, and Attorney General in the November 4, 2014 General Election.
DC NOW members voted to endorse Councilmember Bowser because she is committed to the equality of women and girls in the District by increasing their access to healthcare, educational opportunities, fair working conditions, and better public safety. In her time on DC Council, Muriel Bowser has fought to improve the quality of life for women and girls by supporting the following legislation such as the Sexual Assault Victims Rights Amendment Act of 2013 and the Title IX Equity Act of 2013. Bowser supports future legislation to protect healthcare providers and patients with a buffer zone around the Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington. You can read her answers to the candidate questionnaire here.
Lateefah is the clear choice for us in this election; her ties to our community, understanding of the issues that our city face, and her commitment to social justice make her the most qualified candidate to be the legal advocate for our city. You can read her answers to the candidate questionnaire here.
DC Council Chair
Phil Mendelson has a long history of being on the right side of feminist issues in DC. He is always the obvious choice for Council Chair. You can read his answers to the candidate questionnaire here.
DC Council - At Large
Elissa has been standing up for our values of equality and fairness in all aspects of DC government for years. We are confident she will continue to do so while serving on the Council. See her candidate questionnaire here.
DC Council - At Large
Councilmember Bonds has been standing up for women and girls of all backgrounds since long before she joined the DC Council. She certainly deserves another term. See her candidate questionnaire here.
DC Council - Ward 1
Brianne shows the vision for true equality for everyone in DC, from economic justice to social justice to criminal justice. She is the clear choice for Ward 1. See her candidate questionnaire here.
DC Council - Ward 3
Councilmember Cheh has demonstrated leadership since she first joined the Council, particularly on legislation such as the Temporary Protection Order Firearm Relinquishment Act of 2013, which prohibits those under restraining orders from obtaining a firearm, which will help protects victims of intimate partner violence from being murdered by their abusers. See her candidate questionnaire here.
DC Council - Ward 5
DC NOW endorses Councilmember McDuffie because of his leadership on the Council, particularly on legislation such as the Title IX Equity Act of 2013, which ensures that girls receive equal athletic opportunities in DC Public Schools. See his candidate questionnaire here.
DC Council - Ward 6
Charles Allen will be a strong voice on the DC Council for the full equality of all District residents. Given his leadership and experience working for DC residents and his support of equality for women and girls in DC, DC NOW members voted unanimously to endorse Charles Allen for the Ward 6 Council seat. See his candidate questionnaire here.
Yes on Initiative 71 to legalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Part of DC NOW’s mission is to fight racial inequality as well as gender inequality. Mmembers voted in favor of passing Initiative 71 because it will reduce racially-targeted police harassment and racial disparities in the criminal justice system while improving public safety by drawing marijuana revenues away from funding gang activity and organized crime.
We work to eliminate all forms of discrimination against women and girls - with a focus on the District of Columbia.
Pass a real equal pay law in DC!
Amend the Wage Transparency Act to dramatically strengthen DC's equal pay protections!
CM McDuffie introduced the Wage Transparency Act of 2014 on Equal Pay Day. We are working with CM McDuffie to amend this bill to add additional provisions to end the gender and race pay gap in DC once and for all!
Reverse Hobby Lobby in DC
Help the Reproductive Non-discrination Act of 2014 pass the DC Council!
The Supreme Court decided this June to allow employers to impose their personal religious beliefs on their employees - by refusing to cover contraception - in the Hobby Lobby case. The DC Council is considering a bill that prohibits employers from discrimination against employees based on their reproductive choices. This includes their choice to use contraception. This bill will overturn Hobby Lobby at the DC level.
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!
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.
Advocate that the ABC Board help prevent sexual harassment and sexual assault.
Over half of sexual assaults are facilitated by alcohol. DC is taking steps to help prevent this.
DC's Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) and Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (ABC Board) proposed a new regulation that requires bar and club owners to be trained in preventing and intervening in sexual harassment and situations that lead to sexual assault. DC NOW is pleased that ABRA and the ABC Board are taking seriously the role they can play in preventing sexual harassment and sexual assault. On February 28, 2013, DC NOW President Susan Mottet testified about the importance that the regulation clarify that the mandatory training focus on prevention (e.g. intervening in perpetrators' inappropriate behavior) and not on victim-blaming "risk reduction" (e.g. telling women not to drink too much because if they do they increase their chance of being sexually assaulted). Risk reduction does not decrease the rate of sexual assault whereas prevention does. The ABC Board was very receptive to DC NOW's testimony and we will continue to work with them not only on this regulation but in ensuring that DC bars and clubs have all of the tools they need to prevent sexual harassment and sexual assault.
DC NOW 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, six books a year, great conversation.
February & March | Gone Girl April & May | Nectar from a Sieve June & July | Tete-aTete August & September | Homeward Bound: The Rise of New Domesticity October & November | Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy December & January | TBD
To join the DC NOW book club, sign up here.
Meetings are typically the first Sunday or first Thursday of the month. In previous years, we have read 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, Revolution From Within by Gloria Steinem, To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf, Cinderella Ate My Daughter by Peggy Orenstein, The Women's Room by Marilyn French, This Common Secret by Susan Wicklund, and The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, How to be a Woman by Caitlan Moran, The Girl Who Fell from the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow, Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg, The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood, The Good Girls Revolt by Lynn Povich, and Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Aurdre Lorde.
All are welcome to join us for events!
Monthly Chapter Meetings
Join us for our monthly chapter meetings!
All are welcome at our monthly chapter meetings. They are the first Thursday of each month at 6:30pm on the lower level of the Penn Quarter Teaism (400 8th St NW). At chapter meetings, we discuss book club, our policy work, election endorsements, any events we are planning, and other chapter projects or business. If you have an idea for a project or event, come and pitch it! DC NOW work is driven by what our members want to do.
NOW Annual Conference
Join us at the national conference in New Orleans June 19-21, 2015!
This year, the annual conference will do away with the usual agenda and instead focus entirely on modernizing the organization. We are very proud of our history and past accomplishments, but the world has changed since NOW was founded in 1966 and we need to make sure that NOW changes to lead our society to eliminate all forms of discrimination in the most effective way possible in the most effective way possible. Whether you are a new member or a long-time member, join us to determine the future of our work!
Celebrating Roe v. Wade and memorializing Dr. Tiller
DC NOW affirms that reproductive rights are issues of life and death for women, not mere matters of choice. we fully support access to safe and legal abortion, to effective birth control and emergency contraception, to reproductive health services and education for all women. We oppose attempts to restrict these rights through legislation, regulation or Constitutional amendment.DC NOW participates in several pro-choice events around the city, including Roe v Wade anniversary events at the Supreme Court and memorials for Dr. Tiller.
Capital City Pride
DC NOW at the Capitol City Pride Parade
NOW is committed to fighting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in all areas, including employment, housing, public accommodations, health services, child custody and military policies. NOW is committed to educational efforts that combat the adverse effects of homophobia, promote positive images in the media and ultimately ensure civil rights protection for all. NOW asserts the right of lesbians to live their lives with dignity and security, and the rights of equal marriage for all.DC NOW often participates in the Capital Pride parade, celebrating equality.
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Susan is Legislative Director at the Progressive States Network, advancing progressive policy in state legislatures. She attended Sarah Lawrence College and George Washington University Law School. Susan has worked for Workplace Flexibility 2010, U.S. Congressman Brian Baird, U.S. Senator Jack Reed, the D.C. Council, and Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Susan envisions DC NOW as becoming a powerful advocate in local politics for the equality of women and girls.
Allison graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Georgia. Allison advocates for women's rights and economic and environmental justice. She led grassroots campaigns and mobilized campus workers on a variety of issues including a living wage and access to affordable childcare. She also conducted qualitative research on discrimination of women in the UGA campus workplace. Allison works at VOX Global, a bipartisan political communications firm. She is an active member of WIN and a volunteer at Commongood City Farm.
Membership Development Director
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. She is the Program Coordinator for Sustainable Finance 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. As Membership Development Director, she hopes to mobilize more women of color and women with different backgrounds to join DC NOW.
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.
Monica joined DC NOW in 2013. Since then she has been a strong feminist voice in the District, lobbying DC Council and leading national member trainings. Monica has testified on numerous DC Council bills regarding women’s healthcare, labor, education and public safety, including the landmark Sexual Assault Victims' Rights Amendment Act which ensures best practices in the handing of sexual assault cases by the Metropolitan Police Department. Her member trainings for the annual NOW conference have offered guidance on grassroots lobbying, media literacy and on policy issues such as the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act and the Robin Hood Tax. She earned her M.A. in American Studies at George Washington University, completed her B.A. in Modern Literature and French Language from the University of California, Santa Cruz and received a D.U. in French Language from the L'Université d’Aix-Marseille III.
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1st Thursday of the month at 6:30pm on the lower level of the Penn Quarter Teaism (400 8th St NW).
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