Monday, October 14, 2013

Love Your Body Day Celebration, Janet Yellen, Montana, and more!




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News: Love Your Body Day Celebration, Janet Yellen, Montana, and more!
October 12, 2013
IN THIS ISSUE:

Love Your Body Day 2013

We are thrilled to announce our plans for Love Your Body Day 2013: a Google hangout with Heidi Lewis of Colorado College and Tamura Lomax of Virginia Commonwealth University and co-founder of The Feminist Wire. Hosted by Membership Vice President Chitra Panjabi, our panel will discuss beauty norms and body acceptance. The event is October 16 at 2PM EST — don't forget to join us!

Janet Yellen Nominated

"Dr. Yellen's nomination is another crack in a glass ceiling that needs to be shattered." Read NOW President Terry O'Neill's statement in full here.


GOP's War on Women

"Question: How do you get politicians to pay attention to issues that matter to women?
Answer: Get them elected — or defeated."
Terry O'Neill has a new piece at The Huffington Post which discusses how we can fight back — at the ballot box.


House Republicans After Birth Control, Again

"No woman — no matter who she works for — should be denied health care as basic as contraception. Politicians who vote to restrict birth control will undoubtedly pay a price at the polls in 2014." More here.


Grassroots Spotlight

Montana NOW has been busy working to remove Judge Baugh — infamous for calling a deceased rape victim "older than her chronological age" and gave the rapist (the victim's teacher at the time of the assaults) a 30-day sentence — from the bench. Montana NOW, joined by Pennsylvania NOW and with help from Legal Momentum, has filed an official complaint against the judge. National NOW's statement on the case is available online and you can read about the case on Pennsylvania NOW Executive Committee member Joanne Tosti-Vasey's blog.
Virginia NOW has launched a get out the vote campaign for the upcoming gubernatorial election. Using postcards, Virginia NOW hopes to educate voters on the GOP's anti-woman stances and encourage turnout on Election Day. You can read more about the project at the Sun Gazette.
Wisconsin NOW took action against license plates promoting — and funding — anti-choice Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs). See photos from the event on their Facebook page.


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