National Organization for Women

The National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest feminist organization in the United States. It was founded by Betty Friedan in 1966. About half a million people are members. It was one of the groups that wanted the Equal Rights Amendment and other ways to make women equal to men.


The following women have led the National Organization for Women;

  1. Betty Friedan (1966–1970)
  2. Aileen Hernandez (1970–1971)
  3. Wilma Scott Heide (1971–1974)
  4. Karen DeCrow (1974–1977)
  5. Eleanor Smeal (1977–1982)
  6. Judy Goldsmith (1982–1985)
  7. Eleanor Smeal (1985–1987)
  8. Molly Yard (1987–1991)
  9. Patricia Ireland (1991–2001)
  10. Kim Gandy (2001–2009)
  11. Terry O'Neill (2009–Present)

Opposition to equal rights

The National Organization for Women has opposed tries to make men and women equal in the law. One of the biggest things they have opposed is shared parenting.[1][2]

Other websites


  1. "NOW – NEW YORK STATE OPPOSE MEMO". National Organization for Women. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  2. Reid, Prentice. "Opposing Shared Parenting: The Feminist Track Record". A Voice for Men. Retrieved 13 February 2016.