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Interest Group s Research Paper National Organization for Women is the largest feminist organization in the United States. It has over 500,000 contributing members. As an intern with the National NOW Action Center you will be on the front lines of the women's rights movement. NOW works to eliminate discrimination and harassment in the workplace, schools, the justice system, and all other sectors of society; secure abortion, birth control and reproductive rights for all women; end all forms of violence against women; eradicate racism, sexism and homophobia; and promote equality and justice in our society. The organization’s original mission statement read: “The purpose of NOW 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.” In the article from US News, which is very old, but interesting, we learn about the Promise Keepers Interest group. Supposedly they are promoting the idea of “husband leads, wife follows”. It severely restricts women’s freedom. Feminists are being skeptical, saying that Promise Keepers want to change the role of men and women. The President of NOW argues that by saying men should take responsibility, they mean they should take control. NOW was seeing the true nature of the group – a feel-good form of male supremacy. The Promise keepers reject the allegations and say that they urge men to take responsibility of their families, as spelled out in the Bible. The ruling affirmed NOW's right to use federal laws against anti-abortion extremists who organize others to bomb and block clinics and to scare patients and health care providers. NOW's litigation and lobbying are part of Project Stand Up for Women, which has trained thousands of abortion rights supporters to serve as clinic defenders. There are several bills that NOW wishes to effect. For example, Legislation for Children Who Witness Violence may be deleted, and the group disagrees with such action. Parts of a bill that would provide social services to children who witness violence have been incorporated into Commerce/State/Justice Appropriations which is currently in conference committee. An estimated 3.3 million children are at risk every year witnessing violence between their parents and they tend to have psychological and emotional problems as a result. They are also at greater risk of being beaten as
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