Iowa NOW is the umbrella under which local Iowa chapters of the National Organization for Women operate and is an activist rather than a direct services organization. We seek to effect change through lobbying, advocacy, education and protest.  The best way you can help Iowa NOW is to advocate for issues that forward NOW's six priority action items.  These priority items are reproductive rights, ending sex discrimination/constitutional equality, promoting diversity and ending racism, economic justice, stopping violence against women, and LGBTQ rights. This advocacy can be done in a variety of ways, including attending protests/rallies, contacting your representatives on pending legislation, and educating others on NOW's mission.  


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The Equal Rights Amendment was submitted by Congress to the states for ratification in 1972.  Hawaii was the first state to ratify and Iowa was among the other 21 states to ratify in that first year.  The deadline for ratification was extended twice, to 1982. The extension ran out with only 35 states having ratified the amendment, 3 short of the 38 states needed.   In 1992, the 27th amendment was ratified.  It was a Madison amendment, submitted to the states for ratification in 1789 (having to do with Congressional salaries),  proving that a ratification  deadline was unconstitutional.


In the 35 years since the extension expired, a movement we called the "three state strategy" has ebbed and flowed.   The Nevada legislature ratified the ERA this week in obvious opposition to the assault on women's rights by the atrocity known as Donald Trump.  It's time to ratify the ERA, affording us what may be the only positive thing to happen in this country in the next four years. Our organization was largest and strongest during the ERA ratification years.  We have many issues but the ERA, in its original form, if ratified,  is on a scale with the 19th amendment.  Let's take advantage of this unexpected opportunity to make history.


Jean Classon

Unratified states are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah and Virginia.  We've heard that Virginia has a real chance to ratify.  Illinois and Missouri are in our NOW District (Heartland).

Click here for ways you can take action to help make the ERA a reality!

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