PASCO COUNTY NOW (National Organization for Women)
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Pasco County NOW takes action through intersectional grassroots activism to promote feminist ideals, lead societal change, eliminate discrimination, and achieve and protect the equal rights of all women and girls in all aspects of social, political, and economic life.

ElaineTogneri

From the President - Elaine TognerI


Fifty years ago, I was a senior in high school, looking for my first full-time job. No college for me because according to my father, women only got married and had children; they didn’t need to go to school. I had to get a job. With no Internet and no Monster, I relied on the Sunday newspaper classified ads. Jobs were listed “help wanted female” or “help wanted male.” Two years earlier, the 1964 civil rights act had passed, the EEOC was set up, and newspapers were forced to stop classifying jobs as “whites only.” But they were still listing them under male or female headings. The EEOC ruled against that in 1969, but newspapers fought the change. The National Organization for Women filed suit and gradually newspapers began to comply.

I joined NOW a few years later and entered the fight for equal rights which we have yet to achieve. This year is the 50th anniversary of the formation of the National Organization for Women and we will be celebrating at a gala in Washington, DC, in addition to the NOW Conference. This will be a special year. It’s the presidential election. NOW has always been on the forefront of activism that other people can’t even conceive as issues yet. I fully expect to be both wowed and educated.

But before that, we will have our State Conference in Melbourne Beach. The theme is Women Running the World. Based on what I’ve heard, the caliber of the workshops will be outstanding. Our keynote speaker is Pat Schroeder, who was a Congresswoman for 24 years.

Look for dates and hotel locations in our calendar or on NOW.org for the national conference and FLNOW.org for our state conference. The experience of being with at a conference full of feminists is so invigorating and empowering, you will never forget it.

In SIsterhood,

Elaine Togneri 



Quote of the Month for April 2016

"You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make."
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Jane Goodall

 




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