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NOW PACs

  • Unique Work
  • Success
  • Rigorous Criteria
  • About NOW PACs
  • Help Us Elect Feminists
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  •   As NOW advocates for women's rights, electing feminists is a crucial part of our strategy. In 1997, NOW's Political Action Committees (PACs) launched the Victory 2000 - The Feminization of Politics campaign with the aim of electing 2,000 feminist candidates at all levels of political office by the year 2000. This campaign builds on our decades of electoral work which has increased the presence and clout of candidates who support women's rights. 

    Unique Work

    NOW PACs' electoral work offers distinct benefits to both the candidates and the causes we support--as well as to the people who contribute to them.
    • NOW PACs can rely upon the members of the largest grassroots feminist organization in the country. Activists in NOW's 550 local chapters work with candidates for election at every level of government. In 1996 alone, NOW PACs endorsed more than 700 women's rights candidates throughout the U.S.
    • NOW PACs are using innovative strategies to help candidates break through the political glass ceiling. NOW PACs target states and districts where feminist candidates flood the ticket at all levels, and activists mobilize support for all of them in one coordinated campaign. We also recruit and endorse strong feminists early in their political careers, recognizing that a candidate may have to run more than once to win.
    • NOW is an independent, feminist political force. NOW PACs endorse candidates who take uncompromising stands on our issues--women and men of any political affiliation. 

    Success

    NOW PACs' strategies of aggressive grassroots organizing, flood-the-ticket campaigns and early support are changing the face of government.
    • NOW PACs' 1992 Elect Women for a Change projects helped double the number of women serving in Congress and sent an unprecedented number of feminists and people of racial and ethnic diversity to state capitals and Congress.
    • In 1994, a year of across-the-board losses for many progressive candidates, NOW PACs helped elect more than 500 feminists to state and local office, helped an entire feminist slate win in one U.S. House district in Michigan and defended against a right-wing takeover of the school board in San Diego.
    • NOW PACs helped produce breakthrough victories in the 1996 elections. Eight new feminist women were elected to the U.S. House and New Hampshire voters elected their state's first woman governor.
    • In 1996, NOW/PAC's award-winning Internet voters' guide helped feminists nationwide decide which candidates to support.
    "When I ran for the U.S. Senate back in 1992, NOW was the only organization to support [me] from the beginning. When others were looking at the poll numbers, NOW/PAC was looking at the content of my candidacy ... and with the power of its grassroots statewide network, became the field organization that made my victory possible."
      —Senator Carol Moseley-Braun, D-Ill., the first African-American woman elected to the U.S. Senate

    Rigorous Criteria

    In addition to recommendations from state and local NOW chapters, NOW PACs base their endorsements on a broad feminist agenda. No other PAC expects its candidates to take strong stands on such a wide range of issues. These issues include, but are not limited to: After the elections, NOW follows up with the officials NOW PACs helped elect to make sure they are meeting these commitments.

    About NOW PACs

    National NOW's political action committees put individual contributions together to work for the best women's rights candidates. Which PAC you choose to donate to depends on whether or not you're a NOW member and whether you want to support national or state and local campaigns.
    • NOW Political Action Committee (NOW/PAC) supports feminist candidates for federal office (U.S. House and Senate).
    • NOW Equality PAC (NEP) supports feminist candidates for state and local office—governor, state legislature and city council, for example. This PAC's work is crucial to protecting women's rights and filling up the political pipeline with feminist supporters.
    • Since many NOW chapters sponsor their own local or state PACs, contact your local chapter for detailed information about candidates for state and local office.
    "NOW/PAC's Elect Women for a Change [campaign] effectively combined visibility, volunteer recruitment, phone banking and get-out-the-vote activities...NOW's organizing for me and other women candidates throughout California really made the difference."
      —Senator Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.
    "I am so grateful for the help I have received over the years from NOW PACs ... from that very first race . . . to just a couple months ago when the NOW/PAC actively endorsed my candidacy before I had even asked!"

    Help Us Elect Feminists


    Help us compete with the well-funded opposition. If you are currently a NOW member, please donate to NOW/PAC. If you have not yet joined us in our fight for women's equality, but want to help stop the right wing political takeover in its tracks, please donate to NOW Equality PAC (NEP). Our political action committees allow feminists to show the strength of our numbers in elections at all levels. Now, as never before, this collective action is vital to preserving our rights. 

    Yes! I Want to Help Elect Feminists
    by sending a donation to NOW Political Action Committees
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    NOW Political Action Committees
    1100 H Street, 3rd Floor
    Washington, D.C. 20005

    202-628-8669 (phone) 202-785-8576 (fax) e-mail: pacs@now.org

    (October 1998)


     
     
     

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