Governor Walker’s Secret Attack on Birth Control

Yesterday we received the stunning news that Governor Walker has decided that the Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) will no longer enforce our state contraceptive mandate, which ensures that employers provide contraceptive coverage to their employees. The Walker administration is using the Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby ruling to justify their choice. But don’t…

Expand Pregnant Women’s Rights: A 2014 NOW Resolution

WHEREAS, the rights of all women are paramount to the National Organization for Women (NOW); andWHEREAS, agency over her own body is essential to every woman’s freedom; andWHEREAS, the criminalization of pregnant women for substance abuse, addiction, or a history of substance abuse disproportionately affects women of color and poor women; WHEREAS, the criminalization of…

Wisconsin NOW Endorses 15 Now and a $15.00/hr Minimum Wage

We want to commend any effort to raise the current minimum wage in Wisconsin. $7.25/hr is a poverty wage and it disproportionately affects women, who comprise nearly two-thirds of minimum wage workers. It needs to be addressed immediately. We in Wisconsin NOW appreciate the County Board’s attention to this issue. We’re proud that this ballot…

From One 25 Year Old to Another

This is an open letter to Scott Walker’s campaign press secretary, Alleigh Marre, who is currently taking heat for having previously expressed support for Planned Parenthood in a blog. Dear Alleigh, I’m really sorry to hear that your job might be in jeopardy because you support (or, at least, at one time supported) Planned Parenthood….

Street Harassment Awareness Week: The Kick-Off

Today at noon, members of the Madison chapter of the National Organization for Women kicked off our local Street Harassment Awareness Week with a literature drop in Madison. We shared information about street harassment with pedestrians on State street, Capitol Square, and on Campus. We also gave women and men cards that they can use…

From One 25 Year Old to Another

This is an open letter to Scott Walker’s campaign press secretary, Alleigh Marre, who is currently taking heat for having previously expressed support for Planned Parenthood in a blog. Dear Alleigh, I’m really sorry to hear that your job might be in jeopardy because you support Planned Parenthood. While I’m not interested in working for…

Wisconsin NOW Opposes Censorship of Student Paper at Fond du Lac High School

(Content note: discussion of sexual assault and rape culture) On March 10th, Jon Wiltzius, principal of Fond du Lac High School (“Fondy High”), walked into the classroom of the print journalism class and announced to students that all articles would now require his review and approval before publication. This change in the school’s 26-year-old policy…