Welcome to the official website of the Inez Casiano / Central Phoenix Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW).
PO Box 32336 Phoenix, AZ 85064
Facebook: @CentralPhoenixNOW Twitter: @centralphxNOW Gmail: CentralPhoenixNOW@gmail.com
About the Inez Casiano / Central Phoenix Chapter:
Dedicated to working on NOW’s six core issues that promote intersectional solutions to the oppression faced by women in Arizona as well as women nation-wide and abroad.
Inez Casiano, 1926-2011
Inez Casiano was a member of the first National Board of NOW, elected in October 1966. Casiano had been a director of a direct market research company in Venezuela. Moved by her passion for human rights, Casiano left her career in market research to dedicate herself to the empowerment of marginalized communities in the U.S. In the year of NOW’s founding, she was at once engaged in feminist organizing and involved in the planning of the White House Conference on Children and Youth. Casiano had to resign from the board when she joined the EEOC staff, where she wrote a program for unions for Hispanic Americans. She later worked for the Department of Labor, ultimately becoming a division chief in the Job Corps. In the 1970s, she co-founded the National Conference of Puerto Rican Women, now the National Puerto Rican Coalition. Casiano lives in Arizona and has been a lifelong advocate for youth, a champion of social and economic justice, and “equal parts feminist and civil rights activist.”
We are growing. This is the most recent National NOW recognized chapter of the area with By-Laws signed on February 26, 2017. The Central Phoenix / Inez Casiano.
Young Feminist Action NOW! The Phoenix / Scottsdale NOW Chapter is mentoring two high school affiliate chapters. North High School and the new Coding Academy in the PUHSD have NOW members that have been asked to sponsor the clubs respectively.
Join us in mentoring, building, supporting and/or unifying these chapters in the Summer of 2016. Whether you want to be a part of a group forming a new one or attend meetings of an established chapter there is lots of feminist work to be done.
About the National Organization for Women:
The National Organization for Women is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States. NOW has hundreds of thousands of contributing members and more than 500 local and campus affiliates in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Since our founding in 1966, NOW’s goal has been “to take action” to bring about equality for all women. Both the actions NOW takes and its position on the issues are principled, uncompromising and often ahead of their time. NOW is a leader, not a follower, of public opinion.
NOW activists use both traditional and non-traditional means to push for social change. NOW activists do extensive electoral and lobbying work and bring lawsuits. We also organize mass marches, rallies, pickets, non-violent civil disobedience and immediate, responsive “zap” actions. NOW re-instituted mass marches for women’s rights in the face of conventional wisdom that marches went out with the 1960s. A NOW-organized march in support of the Equal Rights Amendment drew more than 100,000 people to Washington, D.C. in 1978. NOW’s Marches for Women’s Lives drew 500,000 reproductive rights supporters to Washington, D.C. in 1989 and 750,000 in 1992, for the largest women’s rights demonstration ever. In 1995, NOW organized the first mass demonstration to focus on the issue of violence against women-and drew a quarter million people to the Mall. The 1996 March to Fight the Right in San Francisco drew more than 50,000 activists to kick off an electoral season focused on efforts to defend affirmative action. In 2004, the March for Women’s Lives became the largest mass action of any kind in U.S. history, bringing a record 1.15 million people to Washington, DC to advocate for women’s reproductive health options.
NOW’s actions have established the organization as a major force in the sweeping changes that put more women in political posts; increased educational, employment and business opportunities for women; and enacted tougher laws against violence, harassment and discrimination.
NOW is a multi-issue, multi-strategy organization that takes a holistic approach to women’s rights. Our official priorities are winning economic equality and securing it with an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that will guarantee equal rights for women; championing abortion rights, reproductive freedom and other women’s health issues; opposing racism and fighting bigotry against lesbians and gays; and ending violence against women.
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