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National Organization For Women
Mid-Suffolk Chapter


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NOW draws its broad grassroots strength from a nationwide network of over 500 chapters, including NOW Mid-Suffolk, which are chartered by national NOW and engage in a wide variety of action programs in their communities. Most of NOW Mid-Suffolk Chapter's events are free of charge and open to all! Nonmembers welcome!
Current social, legal and political issues are topics of discussions. Join us!
Bring us your social, legal, political or other topic of concern for open discussion.

Monthly meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the month 7:00 to 8:45 pm. Sachem Public Library 150 Holbrook Road, Holbrook, NY 11741
For further information call: 631.234.4747 or Email: nowmidsuffolk@optonline.net


To Help you get acquainted with the
National Organization for Women

The National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States. NOW has half a million contributing members and over 500 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
NOW was founded in 1966, just three years after publication of Betty Friedan’s THE FEMININE MYSTIQUE. After the President’s Advisory Council on the Status of Women had shown overwhelming discrimination against women in all phases of life, women and men met in Washington, D.C. to organize in order to establish the required social changes, and started NOW with 28 members.

NOW Mid-Suffolk is an outgrowth of the original Stony Brook University Campus Group, formed in the early 1970’s, which then became the Stony Brook Campus Committee of the newly formed NOW chapter. Educational enlightenment courses and degrees are offered by SUNY Stony Brook Women's and Gender Studies Department as an interdisciplinary area of scholarship and research that focuses on the significance of gender as a variable in experience, history, and culture. Women's and Gender Studies raises questions that often have been ignored or marginalized and it makes the experience and history of women central to the study of any human concern. Analyzing the social construction of gender and its relation to other systems of privilege enables critical thinking that promotes social change for the common goal of social equality. For further information regarding tuition and courses offered contact SUNY Stony Brook, Women’s and Gender Studies Department
http://www.stonybrook.edu/womenstudies

Dictionary Definition of a FEMINIST: a person who believes in the theory of political, economic and social equality of the sexes.



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NOW MID-SUFFOLK
Long Island's Local NOW Chapter

Committee Activity & Outreach to the Community


  • Child Custody - Advocate activity for equality and fairness in child custody legislation and implementation. Keep current with legal developments in the field, plus feedback on lawyer performance.

  • Consciousness Raising - Informal sessions of members sharing experiences of bias in the workplace, social groups, academe, family, media, and schools.

  • Employment-Pay Equity - Equal Pay for Equal Work has been the battle cry of NOW for the past 35 years. While progress has been made since the 70’s when the disparity was 59 cents for every dollar a male worker earned, we still have a long way to go: the current disparity is now about 77 cents to the dollar. Gender Discrimination, Sexual Harassment and Family Medical Leave Act issues.
    NOW advocates for wide range of economic justice issues affecting women, from the glass ceiling to the sticky floor of poverty. These include welfare reform, livable wages, job discrimination, pay equity, housing, social security and pension reform, and much more

  • LGBT Rights - Educational outreach in support of the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities in education, hate crimes, housing, freedom to marry, employment, and finance.

  • Media Watch - Individual and Chapter responses to media outrages by “Letters to the Editor”, group discussions on response to television ads, programming content that degrades women and girls. This committee is great for raising community awareness of our issues.

  • Political Action - NOW Mid-Suffolk is a participating member of the NOWPAC- Political Action Committee on the State and National levels. Candidates for local elective office are screened and referred to N.Y. State NOWPAC for endorsement.

  • Reproductive Rights - NOW is committed to a woman’s basic civil right to choose her reproductive choices and health care. NOW avidly supports women’s health care and the safe uninhibited free access to women’s reproductive health care centers.

  • Speakers Bureau - Speakers on Women’s Rights subjects are available to speak before professional, school, church, trade, business, education and service groups. Historical record of discrimination against the girls and women of Long Island is the subject of one talk, supported by newspaper clippings, NOW chapter newsletters and Women’s Liberation memorabilia.

NOW Mid-Suffolk committees are continually in formation. Members are encouraged too become involved in issues that are of particular interest to them. Get involved!
Bring us your social, legal, political or other topics of concern for open discussion.



National Organization For Women
NOW Mid-Suffolk Local Chapter


NOW MID-SUFFOLK L.I. CHAPTER
P.O. Box 330, Stony Brook NY 11790
Email: nowmidsuffolk@optonline.net
Website: www.midsuffolknow.org
Blog: www.midsuffolknow.blogspot.com

Phone: 631-234-4747

Officers & Committees
2011 - 2012

OFFICERS

President
Karen R. Ratchford, B.A.
Secretary
Lois Byalick, LMSW
Treasurer
Gail Segui, B.S.
President Emerita
Grace Ripa Welch

BOARD Committee Chairs

Divorce/Child Custody
Kate Mac Devitt
Tracy Simmons
Employment Discrimination
Patricia Lenehan
Media Watch
Joan Tobin, M.A.
Membership Development
Lois Byalick, LMSW
Political Action
Joy Wowak, B.S.
Reproductive Rights
Angela Bush
Nora Bourrut
Speakers Bureau
Grace Ripa Welch
Web Manager
Karen R. Ratchford, B.A.
Women & Spirituality
Rev. Karyn O'Beirne


EraERA-Equal Rights Amendment

Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.

For status of the ERA, go to:


Mid-Suffolk Chapter National Organization for Women
P.O Box 330
Stony Brook, NY 11790
631-234-4747
Email:    grace@gracewelch.com
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