The New Jersey State Organization of the National Organization for Women is a state-wide women's rights activist organization consisting of 10,000 women and men members, activists, and allies.  Incorporated in 1975, NOW-NJ celebrated it's 30th birthday in September of 2005.  NOW-NJ has 13 chapters throughout the state, each autonomous and self-governed, on campuses and in the local community.  NOW-NJ is a completely volunteer organization.FAQ's

OUR MISSION:
The purpose of NOW-NJ 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.  This purpose includes, but is not limited to, equal rights and responsibilities in all aspects of citizenship, public service, employment, education, and family life, and it includes freedom from discrimination because of race, ethnic origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or parenthood."  NOW-NJ shall also have as its purpose to coordinate efforts on the state level, to provide communication among chapters and task forces, and to assist in the functioning of NOW in NJ.

OUR STRUCTURE:
With 10,000 members and allies, NOW-NJ is the largest democracy-based feminist organization in New Jersey.  Our membership, voting annually at the state conference, is the supreme governing body of NOWNJ.  Those members are part of localized state chapters and issue-oriented taskforces, from which NOW-NJ draws its broad grassroots strength.  Every level of leadership is elected, and the NOW-NJ State Board is made up of 8 elected leaders plus representatives elected by the chapters.  We are proud that the same people putting up the posters and engaging in local activism are the same people who serve on the NOWNJ State Board.  As an all-volunteer organization that is funded entirely by the generousity of it's membership, NOW-NJ's issues and priorities are secure from being bullied or bought. 

In addition to NOW-NJ and the local New Jersey Chapters, NOW-NJ has two sister organizations.  NOW-NJ is affiliated with the NOW-NJ Foundation and the NOW-NJ PAC, two separately funded and self-governed organizations.  The NOW-NJ Foundation is a 501c3 charitable public education organization and the NOW-NJ PAC is a political PAC that recruits and endorses in political campaigns and elections.

What We Do

 

NOW-NJ strives to:

  • Eliminate discrimination and harassment in the workplace, schools, the justice system, and all other sectors of society
  • secure abortion, birth control and reproductive rights for all women;
  • end all forms of violence against women;
  • eradicate racism, sexism, and homophobia;
  • promote equality and justice in our society.

NOW-NJ achieves its goals through

  • direct mass actions including marches, rallies, pickets, counter-demostrations, non-violent civil disobedience,
  • intensive lobbying and grassroots political organizing;
  • training of young people and new activists via task forces, conferences, and organizing workshops

NOW-NJ Serves as a training ground for women's leadership by recruiting and training:

  • young women on campuses and high schools in developing their own independent voice and self-determination
  • mothers and families in becoming active in the legislation and policies that drastically effect their families, such as social security, paid family leave, child care, and public education;

The National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States. NOW has 500,000 contributing members and 550 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Since its founding in 1966, NOW's goal has been to take action to bring about equality for all women. NOW works to eliminate discrimination and harassment in the workplace, schools, the justice system, and all other sectors of society; secure abortion, birth control and reproductive rights for all women; end all forms of violence against women; eradicate racism, sexism and homophobia; and promote equality and justice in our society.