Our state conference is a great time to look at where women were and what we still need to reach actual equality. The WHOLE PURPOSE OF NOW is to get women *actual* equality – social, economic and political equality!
You may know that 2016 is NOW’s 50th anniversary. Some of you were with me at NOW’s national conference in DC celebrating this – we had a great showing from NC. So we’ve been looking at how things were in 1966 and how they are now. Life was very different 50 years ago.
- A single woman could be denied a credit card; a married woman couldn’t get a credit card without her husband’s signature!! His signature was required as a cosigner!
- A single woman couldn’t get birth control and a married woman may not be able to get it either!
- Marital Rape was not a recognized crime! A woman couldn’t refuse to have sex with her husband.
NOW was founded because women were mad about the unfair treatment and not going to take it any more! The founding group of women saw value of being organized. NOW is still here and still fighting against many more problems.