Statement: Proposal One – E


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 Statement: Proposal One – E

  • To be used in NOW’s bylaws as the Statement of Purpose:
    • “The purpose of the National Organization for Women is to lead societal change through intersectional grassroots activism to achieve our feminist vision of a fair, egalitarian and just culture wherein every woman and girl enjoys self-determination and can develop her full potential without fear or threat of violence, discrimination, or oppression.”

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8 thoughts on “Statement: Proposal One – E

  1. I like “intersectionality”. It’s an up-and-coming word that will soon be in the dictionaries if it isn’t already. It is our job to be leaders on these matters, and using it now will save us having to go back and add it later after it catches on.


  2. In my opinion, it is very important that we use “intersectional” or “intersectionality” in our statement of purpose. It is a valuable acknowledgment that womanhood or girlhood (or just being a human) is not made up of just one set of experiences or attributes, and that decisions, events, and policies don’t always affect all women and girls in the same way.

    I said in a comment of an earlier proposal that I wasn’t sure which one I liked best, but after thinking about it more, I do think this proposal gets to the heart of our purpose. For the most part, I think the language flows well.


    • I am one of those people who asked what “intersectionality” means during the webinar. It’s an insider, academic word which excludes a lot of people. I think our purpose should be accessible to all.


  3. Like this one best but would like to flip the opening to: “NOW’s purpose is to lead…. ” Also as stated elsewhere I don’t like intersectional it’s too inside and I like: “without fear or threat of violence, discrimination, or oppression.” very much.


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