30 NOW manifesto

30 NOW manifesto - The National Organization for Women was...

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The National Organization for Women was founded in 1966 by 28 people at a meeting of the Third National Conference of the Commission on the Status of Women, a successor organization to the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women established in 1963. According to tradition, Betty Friedan originally scribbled a draft statement of purpose on a napkin a meeting on June 30, 1966, and then reworked it with the Reverend Pauli Murray. NOW quickly became the largest feminist organization in the United States. NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR WOMEN (N.O.W.) Statement of Purpose (Adopted at the organizing conference in Washington, D. C, October 29, 1966) We, men and women, who hereby constitute ourselves as the National Organization for Women, believe that the time has come for a new movement toward true equality for all women in America, and toward a fully equal partnership of the sexes, as part of the world-wide revolution of human rights now taking place within and beyond our national borders. The purpose of NOW is to take action to bring women into ful lparticipation in the mainstream of American society now, exercising all the privileges and responsibilities thereof in truly equal partnership with men. We believe the time has come to move beyond the abstract argument, discussion and symposia over the status and special nature of women which has raged in America in recent years; the time has come to confront, with concrete action, the conditions that now prevent women from enjoying the equality of opportunity and freedom which is their right, as individual Americans, and as human beings. NOW is dedicated to the proposition that women, first and foremost, are human beings, who, like all other people in our society, must have the chance to develop their fullest human potential. We believe that women can achieve such equality only by accepting to the full the challenges and responsibilities they share with all other people in our society, as part of the decision-making mainstream of American political, economic and social life. We organize to initiate or support action, nationally, or in any part of this nation, by individuals or organizations, to breakthrough the silken curtain of prejudice and discrimination against women in government, industry, the professions, the churches, the political parties, the judiciary, the labor unions, in education, science, medicine, law, religion and every other field of importance in American society. Enormous changes taking place in our society make it both possible and urgently necessary to advance the unfinished revolution of women toward true equality, now. With a life span lengthened to nearly 75 years it is no longer either necessary or possible for women to devote the greater part of their lives to child-rearing; yet childbearing and rearing which continues to be a most important part of most women's lives-still is used to justify barring women 1
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from equal professional and economic participation and advance. Today's technology has reduced most of the productive chores which women once
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