The NOW National Office
Located in the Windy City—Chicago—and staffed by five dedicated feminists, the NOW National Office provides administrative service and coordination to NOW's rapidly growing membership and the elected national officers.
Jane Plitt, Executive Director, has major responsibility for
responding to and transforming into action the priorities set
forth by NOW's Board of Directors. She assures that all NOW
actions are in accordance with NOW policy, and provides administrative assistance to NOW officers via correspondence,
coordination, and follow-up to the many decisions and communications of our leadership. She serves as liaison between
NOW and its contractors and sub-contractors, while overseeing
and scheduling production of NOW's brochures, newsletters and
task force kits, as well as coordinating the bidding process for
outside services. Jane oversaw the computerization conversion
of the membership records, and works with various officials to
produce booklets for chapter officers.
Sue Doty, as Executive Secretary, worked with Jane in redesigning all NOW's internal forms to comply with the requirements associated with the computerization of NOW's membership records. She works with regional directors to assure smooth
and efficient follow-up on convening chapters as they meet requirements for provisional chartering. Sue processes and maintains the records for all production orders and the resulting
billing, as well as assisting with non-routine correspondence.
Marion Hayden, as Office Assistant, is responsible for processing all material orders, and assures that changes in chapter
and/or state leadership are recorded and sent to the appropriate people. Marion has recently been aided by a wonderful new
"toy"—an automatic letter opener, to help her open the 500+
pieces of mail received daily by the National Office which she
reads and directs to the appropriate people.
As Bookkeeper, Audrey Denecke has taken over the responsibility of processing all memberships from NOW's Treasurer,
Bonnie Howard, including returns from our direct mail campaigns for membership and contributions to NOW's many action programs, and related correspondence. Audrey maintains
the log of the National Office budget, assuring that bills are recorded accurately, checked and forwarded to Bonnie Howard.
Phyllis Root, our Bookkeeper Assistant, coordinated the
Office's long hours of effort in assuring that all NOW's 35,000+
members were accurately entered in the computer. Phyllis is
responsible for assuring timely transmittal of membership information for addition to or correction of the computer records.
She locates the nearest local chapter for over 200 people week-
National Office staff members (top to bottom) Phyllis Root, Audrey
Denecke, Jane Plitt, Sue Doty, Marion Hayden and "Plant."
ly who desire chapter affiliation, and will be sending the names
of at-large members to their nearest chapters, helping to link
NOW membership with chapters. She also assists Audrey in the
total bookkeeping process.
The National Office staff wants to efficiently and accurately
serve NOW's members, and help NOW better achieve its objectives. The above descriptions give you a sense of the purpose
and function of this long-awaited administrative arm of NOW,
your National Office. If any questions or suggestions arise,
don't hesitate to contact any of the staff. There is so much
more that could be described—come visit!
The NOW Legislative Office
Serving as the central coordinating point for NOW's nationwide constituent lobbying program, the NOW Legislative Office
provides resource materials and legislative information for NOW
Chapters, especially through Do It NOW and "Legislative Alerts,
develops NOW's lobbying techniques, and assists in state-level
lobbying. In addition, the Office represents the National Organization for Women (NOW) to Congress, the Executive and Judicial Branches of the U.S. Government.
Located in the National Press Building in Washington, D.C,
the NOW Legislative Office also provides information and assistance to Congressional staff members—and to Representatives
and Senators as well—on women's issues and the concerns of
NOW and other groups of the new feminist movement.
As part of its service to the NOW membership, the Legislative Office aids NOW's National Task Forces through research,
arrangement of Congressional testimony by Task Force members and notification of legislative developments. And, like all
NOW offices, the Legislative Office is called upon to act as a
referral center on NOW for the general public, as well as a central repository of information on NOW's Task Force programs
and federal and state lobbying operations.
The office opened in early 1973 and was immediately beset
with the onslaught of anti-ERA groups which slowed the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. Confident that the
ERA will be ratified well before the nation's Bicentennial, the
NOW Legislative Office nonetheless spends exhaustive amounts
of person power, time and resources in working toward ratification.