As the grassroots arm of the women’s movement, the National Organization for Women is dedicated to its multi-issue and multi-strategy approach to women’s rights, and is the largest organization of feminist grassroots activists in the United States. NOW has hundreds of chapters and hundreds of thousands of members and activists in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Since our founding in 1966, NOW’s purpose is to take 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.
The Santa Fe Chapter
Within the framework of NOW's mission, New Mexico NOW may undertake work in areas of specific urgency in New Mexico, such as reproductive justice, human trafficking, wage equality, immigration, gender identity, domestic violence and sexual violence, and marriage equality. Santa Fe NOW is a longtime, active member of the New Mexico Coalition for Choice. We engage in citizen lobbying on reproductive justice bills during each year’s New Mexico legislative session and participate in monthly Coalition meetings to develop policies and strategies for further access to abortion and the full range of reproductive health services for the women of New Mexico. Independent of the Coalition – but in keeping with its Mission – Santa Fe NOW fundraises to support the work of a Coalition organization that supports access to abortion services in New Mexico for low-income women. Our chapter sponsors an annual Roe v. Wade awareness day at the Roundhouse, New Mexico’s state house. Since 2009, the activities of our small but active Chapter have focused on abortion and reproductive justice issues. Over the past two years we have been involved in an initiative with Planned Parenthood to learn new techniques of communication to begin the process of changing the conversation around abortion among our peers and other constituent groups in the Santa Fe area.