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 National Organization for Women is the largest feminist organization in the U.S. NOW members promote gender equality and women’s rights through grassroots advocacy. The Mid-Suffolk Chapter is dedicated to making a positive impact on its Long Island, NY community.
Promoting Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment on Long Island Since the 1970s.
Mid-Suffolk NOW is a chapter of the National Organization for Women located on Long Island, New York.
The National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States. NOW has half a million contributing members and over 500 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
NOW was founded in 1966, just three years after publication of Betty Friedan’s THE FEMININE MYSTIQUE. After the President’s Advisory Council on the Status of Women had shown overwhelming discrimination against women in all phases of life, women and men met in Washington, D.C. to organize in order to establish the required social changes, and started NOW with 28 members.
NOW Mid-Suffolk is an outgrowth of the original Stony Brook University Campus Group, formed in the early 1970’s. NOW Mid-Suffolk continues to have an active presence in our community fighting for gender equality and positive social change.