National NOW President Terry O'Neill, Maryland NOW and Montgomery County NOW join UFCW Local 1994, and more for a rally and press conference supporting County Council legislation to increase the minimum wage in front of the Council Office Building (COB).
June 6, 2013 blog post on Chastity Belts by high schooler Victoria Brown
On September 5, 2013, Maryland NOW and National NOW attended a Walmart Action at the Capital Plaza Walmart, 6210 Annapolis Road, Hyattsville, Maryland!
Watch a video of Terry O'Neill at the action here!
Anniversary of Women Winning the Vote
On August 26, 1920, after three generations of an unrelenting, brilliant, courageous, political campaign, women in the United States won the right to vote. To honor and commemorate this historic event, Bella Abzug introduced a Congressional Resolution to ensure that this date would be commemorated with the designation of Women's Equality Day, which is celebrated on August 26th each year.
2013 National NOW Conference
Friday, July 5 - Sunday, July 7
March 16 - Women's History Celebration in Cumberland - cosponsored by Allegany College of Maryland and BPW/MD (Business and Professional Women)
Check out the coverage of the One Billion Rising events. Maryland NOW members participated in Washington, DC; Baltimore; and Hagerstown.
Because you refused to give up, the House of Representatives finally joined the Senate in passing a meaningful Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). This took way too long, but is proof that YOUR advocacy and your voice matters!
Now we have to get it funded! Did you know that localities in Maryland fund not only women's shelters but also prosecutors from these federal funds?
In 2006 we lost a Maryland NOW member who clearly left her mark on each of us and our organization. Dolly Yvonne Packard was an extraordinary feminist who graced our NOW world for 40 years. In 2007, a former Maryland NOW President and Maryland NOW Council Member, Dot Howze, lost a battle with cancer. We also lost a leader in our Frederick Chapter, Sandra West, who over the years had been Maryland NOW Treasurer and PAC Treasurer as well a leader in her own community.
We created a scholarship fund for contributions that were made in honor of Dolly several years ago, and we plan to move from this to create an ongoing fund from memorials we've received from members and friends honoring all these women. We hope to pass the torch in this way for others to benefit from the honors others gave in these womens' names. Please contact our President for more information if you are interested in applying for a grant from this fund. Contact our Treasurer if you'd like to donate.