June 28-30, 1966
Third Annual meeting of the Commission
on the Status of Women is held in Washington,
D.C. The Commission,
John Kennedy at the
founded by President
request of Eleanor
the extent of
women in the United
June 30, 1966
The need for a civil rights organization
for women recognized by 28 women attending
the Commission meeting. NOW is formed. The
founders draft a statement of purpose calling
for NOW "to take action to bring women into
full participation in the mainstream of
October 29-30, 1966
The first organizing conference of
NOW is held in Washington, D.C. Kathryn
Clarenbach is elected the first Chair of
the Board; Betty Friedan, first President
of NOW. There are 300 charter members of
February 15, 1967
In a national action, NOW members enter
government EEOC offices in New York,
Washington, Pittsburgh, and other cities
to protest EEOC's lack of support on sex
August 30, 1967
NOW members picket The New York Times
to protest its sex-segregated want ad policy.
The second National Conference is held
in Washington, D.C. Members set position
on ERA and abortion, giving support to both.
A "Women's Bill of Rights" is written. NOW's
membership is 1,200.
Mother's Day, 1968
NOW members rally in front of the White
House demanding a revival of ERA.
The Third National Conference is held
in Atlanta. Priority action given to the
repeal of abortion laws. NOW's headquarters
move to New York City from Detroit.
Fourth National Conference. NOW Legal
Defense and Education Fund 1s created;
national headquarters moves to Chicago.
August 26, 1970
NOW Strike for Equality commemorates
the 50th Anniversary of women's suffrage.
25,000 participate in NY; 10,000 in L.A.;
and 15,000 in Chicago. These demonstrations
gain media attention and increase the number
of members involved in the movement.
March 29, 1971
NOW protests against AT&T successfully
throughout the country for their sex
discriminatory policies. NOW attorney Sylvia
Roberts successfully appeals the Weeks v.
Southern Bell case which established ffie
principle that women had the right to bid
for "men's jobs," a right previously denied
them under the guise of protecting them
from strenuous work.
September 3-6, 1971
Fifth National Conference in Los Angeles.
Membership 1s at 15,000. Affirmation that
discrimination against lesbians is a
legitimate concern of feminism.
March 22, 1972
Passage of ERA 1n the Senate.
1s the first state to ratify the ERA.
June 23, 1972
Congress passes Title IX ensuring equal
educational opportunity for women in federally
funded institutions. NOW plays significant
role in Its passage.
January 22, 1973
Supreme Court declares abortion a
right of women.
August 25, 1973
NOW chapters challenge Little League
on sex discrimination, through demonstrations
at the Little League World Series and filing
charges of discrimination.
August 26, 1973
NOW lobbying office opens in Washington,
NOW files EEOC charges against Sears
and Roebuck for sex discrimination and noncompliance with Equal Employment opportunity
laws. Over 100 NOW chapters enlist the
support of Sears employees and customers
with investigations and leafletting.