We believe that women have the fundamental right to make decisions about our bodies. Our Chapter will advance policies that acknowledge the intersectionality of our lives provide communities of color with complete wellbeing. NOW’s purpose is to take action to bring women into full participation in the mainstream of American society now, exercising all privileges and responsibilities thereof in truly equal partnership with men…it includes freedom from discrimination because of race, ethnic origin, age, marital status, sexual preference/ orientation, or parenthood.
We believe in taking an intersectional approach, which includes looking at how race, gender and income impacts women’s ability to make decisions about herself and her family.
We believe in building leadership pipelines and encourage/support women/ women of color to run for office.
We believe building power within communities
We believe that women’s rights are human rights, that is, every human being is born free, equal in dignity and rights, and must enjoy the equal protection of the law against discrimination based on sex, sexuality, gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age or other actual or perceived classification.
Even though women make up 50.8 percent of our state’s population, only 28% of California’s legislators are female, just 16 of the top 400 California companies are headed by women and we have only 1 female Fortune 500 CEO.
We still earn only 84 cents for every dollar our male counterparts make; African American women earn 68 cents and Latinas 59 cents.
Alongside California NOW and our sister reproductive justice and social justice organizations, our chapter advocates for local, state and federal legislation that uses a woman-centered human rights framework in advancing women and girls’ freedom and equality throughout society.
Our strength has always come from our membership. Our grassroots structure was designed to promote democratic participation and bottom-up governance which is the key to all major social movements.