6. Statement of NOW’s Purpose

Webinar Date: 4/01/2015 at 8pm ET

Discussion Board Opens: 4/3/2015

Discussion Board Closes: 6/10/2015

Watch the webinar presentation for Statement of Purpose.

During the webinar “NOW’s Statement of Purpose”, the officers presented an overview of NOW’s Statement of Purpose, including its current form, its transformation throughout NOW’s history, and various items of consideration that have developed from the structure modernization process.  These items included specific language changes, various philosophical directions, and potential ideas to be included in NOW’s Statement of Purpose.  The idea of a “tagline” was also discussed.  Five different proposals to modernize the language of NOW’s Statement of Purpose (Proposals 1A – 1E) and one proposal to add a tagline were presented.  The floor then opened to a lengthy question and answer session.

PowerPoint from Statement of Purpose webinar.

Proposed Concepts for Statement of Purpose:


Current Policy:

NOW’s purpose is to take action to bring women into full participation in the mainstream of American society now, exercising all privileges and responsibilities thereof in truly equal partnership with men. This purpose includes, but is not limited to, equal rights and responsibilities in all aspects of citizenship, public service, employment, education, and family life, and it includes freedom from discrimination because of race, ethnic origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation/identity, gender identity, gender expression, or parenthood.

Read the full Statement of Purpose on NOW’s website.