NOW - NYS Remembers Faith Seidenberg
Longtime NOW leader Faith Seidenberg passed away on January 16 at the age of 91. Faith was a widely respected civil rights attorney for more than 50 years who won important victories for women, minorities, and the incarcerated. She served as the National Vice President of NOW and established the ACLU’s Women’s Legal Defense Fund. In 1970 she successfully sued McSorley’s Ale House, a Manhattan tavern that refused to serve women, and changed public accommodations law nationwide.
Sadly late last year we also lost her fellow plaintiff in that case, Karen DeCrow. Karen was the President of NOW from 1974-1977. In 1969 she ran for Mayor of Syracuse—becoming the first woman to run for mayor of a major city in New York State. She was a tireless crusader for the ERA who debated Phyllis Schafly across the country on the merits of the amendment and she fought for Title XI to include women’s college sports.
Both Faith and Karen were feminist powerhouses and we are proud of their legacies.
The Time for Feminism is NOW
Thank You, NOW New York members, for speaking up and speaking out! When TIME Magazine suggested banning the word "feminist," we launched a protest poll to question the many words that are used to demean women and perpetuate sexism.
The responses were so powerful, we are sharing them here. Be sure to follow our tumblr or check back regularly for a daily does of feminist inspiration!
Meet Your New NOW-NYS Leaders!
Sonia Ossorio, President
Jean Bucaria, Executive Vice President
Kristin Gardner, Legislative Vice President
Gabriela Moreno, Secretary
We are honored to have been elected by the members of NOW New York. Thank you for your support. We look forward to working with chapter leaders and members across the state to grow our strength, our power, and our impact on women's rights in New York.
Please stay tuned for many exciting changes, here online and on the ground. Thank you for your patience as we transition. You may temporarily reach NOW-NYS at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-627-9350.