Contact: Latoya Veal, 202-628-8669, ext. 116
The nation's largest annual gathering of grassroots women's rights activists and allies will take place in Baltimore, Md., on June 29-July 1, 2012, at the National Organization for Women National Conference. Hundreds of women and men will convene to strategize and organize a vision for the months ahead in the fight for women's equality.
"We have seen unprecedented attacks this year on women's health, economic security and even physical safety, including proposed legislation to defund family planning clinics, deny affordable access to birth control, undermine the Violence Against Women Act and cut safety net programs, such as food stamps and Medicaid," said NOW President Terry O'Neill. "Conference participants will help NOW form its agenda for the coming year. As this is a critical election year, we will send activists back to their communities fired up and ready to help elect leaders who will stand up against these attacks on women's basic rights."
|Who:||National Organization for Women activists and leaders |
|What:||2012 National NOW Conference |
|When:||Friday, June 29 - Sunday, July 1, 2012 |
|Where:||Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport |
1739 West Nursery Road
Linthicum Heights, Md.
This year's conference theme is "Energize! Organize! Stop the War on Women" and attendees can look forward to dynamic speakers, skill-building workshops, issue hearings and networking sessions. The conference's keynote speaker will be Eve Ensler, a Tony award winning playwright, performer and activist, best known as the author of "The Vagina Monologues." Other speakers and honorees will include Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, National Action Network's Tamika Mallory, "Godmother of Title IX" Bernice Sandler and many more. A list of confirmed speakers is available online and will be updated periodically.
The National Organization for Women is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States. NOW has hundreds of thousands of members and contributing supporters and hundreds of local and campus affiliates in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. NOW's goal is to take action to bring about equality for all women.