PASCO COUNTY NOW (National Organization for Women)

Chapter Number FL 0365

Pasco County NOW is dedicated to making legal, political, social and economic change in our society in order to achieve our goal, which is to eliminate sexism and end all oppression.


From the President - Elaine Togneri

How do we gain power and influence?  It’s not by remaining silent.  There is something to be said for the squeaky wheel.

When the NRA has an issue, it spreads the word through publications, clubs, and shops, and its members put their phones to work.  Members call legislators and state their opinions.  They write letters to the editor and to legislators.  They demonstrate.  They make sure they are heard.  Because these members are so vocal, legislators believe they are the types of people who will go door to door and work to support or defeat candidates.  Yes, they also have money, but other small groups with vocal members have used similar methods to influence legislation.

Why can’t we?  We can call on our issues.  It only takes a couple of minutes.  We can email if the office isn’t open.  We can write, even to newspaper editors.  If we can’t find the time, how important is that issue to us?  Why should legislators listen to a handful of supporters?  How much do you really care?  Have you complained to your County Commissioner about the lack of women on the Charter Advisory Commission? 

Right now the Florida Legislature is passing Anti-abortion bills and a drastic revision to Alimony.  They refuse to expand Medicaid.  They are ignoring Amendment 1.  They don’t even bother with the ERA.

Our congressman is ignoring Paycheck Fairness.  Senator Marco Rubio is on the wrong side of all our issues.  Senator Bill Nelson needs numbers to justify his support for our issues.

Let’s see what we can accomplish by being more vocal.  I will be challenging you to make a call on Equal Pay Day to Rep. Gus Bilirakis.  Ask him to co-sponsor the Paycheck Fairness Act.  Time to start squeaking.

In SIsterhood,

Elaine Togneri 

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