National Organization for Women - San Antonio Area Chapter

National Organization for Women - San Antonio Area Chapter The National Organization for Women is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States. NOW has more than 500,000 contributing members and more than 500 local and campus affiliates in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Since our founding in 1966, NOW's goal has been "to take action" to bring about equality for all women. NOW's actions have established the organization as a major force in the sweeping changes that put more women in political posts; increased educational, employment and business opportunities for women; and enacted tougher laws against violence, harassment and discrimination. NOW is a multi-issue, multi-strategy organization that takes a holistic approach to women's rights. Our official priorities are winning economic equality and securing it with an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that will guarantee equal rights for women; championing abortion rights, reproductive freedom and other women's health issues; opposing racism and fighting bigotry against le****ns and g**s; and ending violence against women.

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Please TAKE and SHARE this survey to your page so that more people have a chance to take it. #DomesticViolence is an imp...
01/30/2021

Please TAKE and SHARE this survey to your page so that more people have a chance to take it. #DomesticViolence is an important issue in our community, and we want to hear from ALL the voices.

https://bit.ly/UTSADVSurvey or, alternative: https://utsa.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0GtNPfZtQqqJ45T

Please TAKE and SHARE this survey to your page so that more people have a chance to take it. #DomesticViolence is an important issue in our community, and we want to hear from ALL the voices.

https://bit.ly/UTSADVSurvey or, alternative: https://utsa.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0GtNPfZtQqqJ45T

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01/29/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: 2021 League Lobby Days - Take Action at the Texas Capitol on Voting Rights & Redistricting!. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_QZE_JmmhTzOXuAjFMpW7og

Join us at the 87th Legislative Session League Lobby Day presentation on our priority issues: Voting Rights and Redistricting, Part 1- Voting Rights & Redistricting a National Perspective with speaker Michael Li - Brennan Center Part 2 - Voting Rights & Redistricting; Impact on Communities of Color....

As COVID keeps more women locked in their homes, often with their abusers, domestic violence and child abuse have spiked...
01/16/2021
Take this survey on domestic violence, help community get funding for change

As COVID keeps more women locked in their homes, often with their abusers, domestic violence and child abuse have spiked. It's a crisis within the pandemic, and it needs our attention right now.

Just 10 minutes of your time could end up saving lives. For the first time ever, there's a city and county wide public survey about domestic violence.

¡Rompe el silencio! Break the silence...If you're an adult in San Antonio or Bexar County, please add your voice to what...
01/06/2021

¡Rompe el silencio! Break the silence...
If you're an adult in San Antonio or Bexar County, please add your voice to what we know about #domesticviolence in the community.
https://bit.ly/UTSADVSurvey

It's SO IMPORTANT to renew VAWA. Maybe it can happen during the upcoming administration(!) A reminder of why it's also i...
12/27/2020
Violence against women surges during COVID-19 crisis as Senate Republicans block anti-domestic violence law

It's SO IMPORTANT to renew VAWA. Maybe it can happen during the upcoming administration(!) A reminder of why it's also important to take the local domestic violence survey too, so we can have data about this vital issue. Link is here: bit.ly/UTSADVSurvey.

An increase in domestic violence amid the COVID-19 pandemic has renewed the push to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act under Joe Biden.

As we move into the holiday season, it's important to remember the impacts of #domesticviolence on so many. Please take ...
12/21/2020

As we move into the holiday season, it's important to remember the impacts of #domesticviolence on so many. Please take -- and share! -- this brief survey, directed to San Antonio and Bexar County adults -- whether or not you personally have experienced domestic violence. It's available in English and in Spanish. Anecdotally, domestic violence has gotten worse during COVID. Resources provided within survey itself. Thank you!

Either link works, but not everyone has access to bitly. https://bit.ly/UTSADVSurvey
or, alternative: https://utsa.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0GtNPfZtQqqJ45T

National Women's History Museum
12/02/2020

National Women's History Museum

For far too long, women have been underrepresented. Amidst the historic shifts taking place in the world, we're missing stories and information about women that can help us get to the future. Stories that have been overlooked, yet are crucial to our history. We're here to change that.

Today on #GivingTuesday, we're asking for your support so that we can continue to deliver free programming, events, and resources to ensure women's stories aren't left out of history. And for Giving Tuesday, every donation we receive will be matched by author Dr. Nancy O'Reilly -- this will double your impact!

Every donation, no matter the amount, is graciously received. Thank you for your support of women's history and of our work to tell a more complete, inclusive history. www.womenshistory.org/donate

National Women's History Museum
11/18/2020
National Women's History Museum

National Women's History Museum

The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Progress has been made, but there’s still so much more to do.

Women's stories deserve to be told. It is beyond time that we have a National Women's History Museum in our nation's capital. Add your name if you believe women deserve their rightful place in history.

UniteWomen.org
11/02/2020

UniteWomen.org

Wear pearls on November 3rd to honor RBG. Pass it on.
Let’s cast our pearls before these GOP swine. #PearlsForRuth

GET READY!
11/01/2020

GET READY!

Right NOW in Poland, millions of women across the country are striking after the newly elected right-wing government banned abortion. The massive women's protests are the largest in modern Poland history, women are refusing to go to work, drive, cook at home, or do anything until the abortion ban is dropped. Already after a week of protest, Poland's President today indicated they may have to change or reverse the law. This is the power of women. This the power of protest. And as God as my witness, if the right-wing lawmakers in the United States try to ban abortion, we will declare a revolution and shut down the country. F**k around and find out.

League of Women Voters of the San Antonio Area
09/30/2020
League of Women Voters of the San Antonio Area

League of Women Voters of the San Antonio Area

The online LWVSA Voters Guide is now up and running at vote411.org! Type in your address to see the races and propositions you will be voting on. Compare candidates side by side and read their views on important issues in their own words. Make your selections and write them down or print them out to use as a guide when you vote. Get informed now with vote411.org!

League of Women Voters of the San Antonio Area
09/30/2020

League of Women Voters of the San Antonio Area

Bexar County voters: turn it in before the rush! Apply to vote by mail now if you are eligible. Go to https://lwvsa.org/vote-by-mail/ for an application and more information! #haveyoursay #votebymail

Available for streaming
09/08/2020

Available for streaming

08/21/2020
NowThis Politics

NowThis Politics

‘Let me be as honest and clear as I possibly can: Donald Trump is the wrong president for our country’ — Listen to Michelle Obama’s urgent call to action ahead of the 2020 election

"For the first time since they began a consistent upward climb in the labor force in the 1970s, women are now suffering ...
08/12/2020
America's first female recession

"For the first time since they began a consistent upward climb in the labor force in the 1970s, women are now suffering the repercussions of a system that still treats them unequally. Men are still the primary breadwinners. Women are still the primary low-income workers, the ones whose jobs disappeared when coronavirus spread. Mothers in 2020’s pandemic have reduced their work hours four to five times more than fathers to care for children in a nation that hasn’t created a strong caregiving foundation.

"When the economy crumbled, women fell — hard." via YWCA San Antonio.

When coronavirus wreaked havoc on the economy, it was women who suffered the most. In three months, they've lost a decade’s worth of economic advancement.

In advance of Black Women's Equal Pay Day, an important read about the impacts of inequality."Then, about 10 years ago, ...
08/05/2020
Wage gap robs black women in D.C. of almost $2 million over lifetime, analysis finds

In advance of Black Women's Equal Pay Day, an important read about the impacts of inequality.

"Then, about 10 years ago, her mother got sick, and Lewis ended up leaving the job to take care of her — a family obligation she felt her male peers were less likely to experience. “As a female,” she said, “we will do what we have to do to take care of our loved ones.”

After her mom died, Lewis struggled to get back into the workforce. After several low-paying jobs, she found a job as a concierge at an apartment complex in Chevy Chase, Md., where she works evenings making $15 an hour to help support her youngest son and two grandchildren. She wonders how much more money she would have saved up if she had been paid the same amount as her white and male colleagues — and if she hadn’t had to leave the workforce.

“I would be in a better position,” she said. “I wouldn’t have to take a $15 an hour job. I would have been able to save more money within my lifetime.”

#WageEquity #FairPay #EqualPay #Poverty #BlackWomen #WageGap

Over the course of a 40-year career, African American women in the nation's capital fall further and further behind white men doing the same work, a new study shows.

"These front-line workers, mostly Black and immigrant women, have become victims and vectors of the pandemic. More than ...
07/29/2020
Opinion | When You Are Paid 13 Hours for a 24-Hour Shift

"These front-line workers, mostly Black and immigrant women, have become victims and vectors of the pandemic. More than 54,000 Americans living or working in long-term care have died of the coronavirus, representing 40 percent of all Covid-19 fatalities, and a disproportionate number of those deaths have occurred in facilities serving nonwhite patients." via YWCA San Antonio.

#WageEquity #Pandemic #COVID19 #Racism #EmpoweringWomen #FrontlineWorkers #EssentialWorkers

America’s neglect of older people extends to the people who care for them at home.

#BoycottGoya
07/16/2020

#BoycottGoya

“Women are put in this impossible position of having to choose between their job and taking care of their kids,” says C....
07/08/2020
Single Moms Hit Hard by Economic Impact of COVID-19 - Non Profit News | Nonprofit Quarterly

“Women are put in this impossible position of having to choose between their job and taking care of their kids,” says C. Nicole Mason, president of the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) and coauthor of a study published this month on the struggle of mothers during the pandemic. As the economy begins to reopen, many women are now forced to choose between resuming a career and caring for their families. But many do not even have that choice. Many single mothers may have to shift to part-time work to care for children who remain at home. This break in their career could have lifelong effects, reducing their earning potential and eliminating current and future job opportunities. #WageEquity via YWCA San Antonio.

Both in the United States and abroad, single mothers are finding a much more difficult working world since the onset of COVID-19.

"Rooted in structural and historic racism, occupational segregation has forced Black and brown people to disproportionat...
07/01/2020
As Covid-19 Cases Rise in States that Rushed to Reopen, NELP Urges States to Protect All Workers and Prioritize Workers of Color - National Employment Law Project

"Rooted in structural and historic racism, occupational segregation has forced Black and brown people to disproportionately work in industries where they cannot work from home. Fewer than 20 percent of Black workers and 16 percent of Latinx workers have jobs where they can work at home. That’s why we see women and workers of color at increased risk of illness in frontline work as nursing staff and as home care, child care, grocery store, and nursing home workers. An estimated six million immigrants are in frontline essential jobs." (from the National Employment Law Project via YWCA San Antonio.) #WageEquity #COVID19 #GenderEquity #Racism

Black, Indigenous, and people of color have been disproportionately affected by the disease and job loss.

06/30/2020
KLRN Public Television

Watch how PBS KLRN presents these powerful brave Women of Color speak out for justice and represent as they run for office #VOTE

A defiant movement led by women of color fights to transform politics from the ground up. Watch the two-part docuseries And She Could Be Next, premiering tonight and tomorrow night at 8 PM on KLRN. Watch with us. #SheCouldBeNextPBS https://to.pbs.org/37vngyp

"Advocates believe there are likely millions of other parents like Richards, who qualify for emergency paid leave but ar...
06/24/2020
Pandemic Paid Leave Is Available: Why Some Parents Aren’t Taking It

"Advocates believe there are likely millions of other parents like Richards, who qualify for emergency paid leave but are not taking it. Some of those are aware of the benefit, but many are not. According to polling data from the National Partnership for Women & Families, over half of Americans either don’t know it exists or feel they don’t qualify.

Because there is no required outreach or education, business owners may not realize that it’s the government — not the businesses — who pay for it. Also, much of the American workforce has never had access to paid leave at their jobs (only 17 percent of workers had it in 2018), so “most people don’t even know to ask,” said Pronita Gupta, a policy expert at the Center for Law and Social Policy, an anti-poverty nonprofit."

There may still be a lack of awareness about the benefit, but for families who do know, they’re weighing the risks

UniteWomen.org
06/21/2020
UniteWomen.org

UniteWomen.org

The U.S. Army has 10 installations named after Confederate generals. Zero are named after women. It's time.

PBS is giving free access for the honor of watching Holland Taylor bring ANN to life.
06/18/2020

PBS is giving free access for the honor of watching Holland Taylor bring ANN to life.

This feels like a dream in a way... There is something so right about this play at THIS TIME, being broadcast by our FREE public TV channels..on every TV set in the country. I can't help but feel Ann Richards herself would be pleased that PBS is where anyone and everyone can find her... with her timeless spirit, her good will, her wit, her warmth~ her sense of what is right, what is fair. She speaks exactly to us in this moment. A woman for all seasons. And so damb funny...

YWCA San Antonio
06/17/2020
YWCA San Antonio

YWCA San Antonio

"As the pandemic upends work and home life, women have carried an outsized share of the burden, more likely to lose a job and more likely to shoulder the load of closed schools and day care. For many working mothers, the gradual reopening won’t solve their problems, but compound them — forcing them out of the labor force or into part-time jobs while increasing their responsibilities at home."

The impact could last a lifetime, reducing their earning potential and work opportunities.

“We could have an entire generation of women who are hurt,” Betsey Stevenson, a professor of economics and public policy at the University of Michigan, said of pregnant women and working mothers whose children are too young to manage on their own. “

06/12/2020
NowThis

The Covid 19 Pandemic will bringing disastrous consequences to women's health.

FAUCI BACKS WORLD HEALTH ORG: There are now more than 7.5 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide. The World Health Organization holds a briefing on the latest worldwide developments of the coronavirus outbreak. In an interview with Canadian outlet CBC published yesterday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, voiced his support for WHO, saying that while it is ‘imperfect,’ it has ‘done a lot of good.’ ‘The world needs a WHO,’ he said. Last month, President Trump announced his intention to end the U.S. relationship with WHO. In May, a CBS poll found that just 38% of people trust the president for information about the coronavirus, compared with 62% who trust Fauci.

#COVID19 has only further exposed how hard women work to support themselves & their families - & how little they get pai...
06/11/2020
Holding Up Half the Sky: Mothers as Workers, Primary Caregivers, & Breadwinners During COVID-19 | Institute for Women's Policy Research

#COVID19 has only further exposed how hard women work to support themselves & their families - & how little they get paid. Crucial recent research from the Insitute for Women's Policy Research. Via YWCA San Antonio.

In the United States, women now make up more than 50 percent of the workforce, reflecting growth in health care, education, and service sectors over the last decade. The decline of the wages and real earnings of all workers over time coupled with the rise in cost of living expenses, such as housing,...

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Hey y’all, wanted to invite y’all to my 10th annual charity birthday party today. I will be there all day and would love to see everyone in the community. It’s from 11am-10pm and yes, I will literally be there the entire day at Big Bob’s Burgers on Hildebrand. It benefits Project Mend which is for people without insurance to obtain medical equipment, and for We Are Alive which is medical assistance for terminally ill unfunded people. Live music, and it’s family friendly. And the charities will be there to meet and greet everyone. Also, for every Lone Star beer bought the money goes to charity. You can also donate online to the link posted in the event. But I would love to meet everyone. No strangers in the room- only friends we haven’t met 🙂. Come join me today. https://facebook.com/events/s/anas-10th-annual-charity-birth/193050711941525/?ti=icl
This entire month our community is observing National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Let us all continue to raise awareness and not ignore Domestic Violence in our community. We are making a difference right here in Bexar County! Please feel free to share! Judge Michael De Leon Domestic Violence Court, CC#7
With everything that has happened over the last couple of years, Kavanaugh, me too, and most recently the move to ban abortion I have been a mess, especially with my own stories to tell. I see so many women feeling the same and I wanted to DO something, so I've started a project called Rage, photographing women who want their stories finally told. Often women don't want to show the anger and rage because our society has traditionally told us it's not "womanly" just as men aren't supposed to cry. It's time we show our rage. I'd love to get as many women as possible involved, but I need to get the word out and I need information on funding sources. I'd appreciate the share. www.ginadavison.com/blog
Hey fellow fierce feminists! Come join me for good food, good music, and the two charities will come and speak about what the donations mean to them. Bring cash and teddy bears 🧸! It’s an all day event! And come hang out with me. Enjoy Lone Star beer for a good cause! Bring your family and friends and kiddos! We will have Sophia Dee Pena doing the chair massages for charity tips, and then the Sith Shadow Council of Texas will be there in costume to take pics and mingle! Of course, we couldn’t do this without Dropthespotlight who so graciously promoted and cohosted this event this year and last year! Come out and have fun! Come meet me- I love new and old friends! Would love to meet everyone! And The Children's Bereavement Center of South Texas will be selling their fiesta medals! Abode Contemplative Care for the Dying is a really great group of people who provide a place for people to live out their last days when they have nowhere else to go— and we can show them love with cash donations too! Let’s have fun all in the name of charity Big Bob's Burgers! Also they will donate a portion of Lone Star beer sales to the charities!
Former aide to Texas congressman Rep. Henry Cuellar files complaint saying she was fired over pregnancy
This is what happens when anti-abortion fanatics take over our government agencies. With the balance of the US Supreme Court now tipped in their favor, it is more important than ever that you GO VOTE and that you VOTE THE WHOLE BALLOT because we need those state court judges to protect our rights. After you vote, be relentless and start contacting your friends to remind them that early voting is happening now.
13 States & now the Feds are investigating s*x abuse in the Catholic Church. Where are you Ken Paxton?
JUDGE KAVANAUGH is being beat to death by the hypocritical Democrats for uncertain drinking habits, unproven s*xual assaults in which women believe him guilty before proven, never been arrested, never got a DUI, never badmouthed women (except for three unproven accusations). BETO, a tag along Democrat who is supporting the same agenda as the democrats which proves he is not original. He just on TV apologized for badmouthing women in the past, and was arrested for burglary, and arrested for DUI which he did try to leave the scene (verified by police report and witness). Yes, everyone does deserve a second chance and that was in the past but what is unforgivable is current and that is he lied to all Texans by denying trying to leave the scene. TEXANS HATE BEING LIED TO AND THAT IS DURING THIS SECOND CHANCE. HE CAN NOT BE TRUSTED. No character, integrity, values, principles. Can not be trusted, TED CRUZ has never been arrested, no DUI, no female allegations, has been a faithful Texas Senator. He is a man of morals, values, character, integrity, and principles. He can be trusted. Texans we deserve better that a lying, deceivingDemocrat that wants to put all texans at risk by eliminating ICE who protect us from criminal and drug runners crossing the borders. Any one who promotes open borders cares less about the safety of the the American people. The Democratic Party is proving beyond a shadow of a doubt they will destroy any American that gets in their way to establish a political dictatorship over America.
As the past president of the Cleveland Chapter of NOW, I urge you to consider my post.
I have always considered myself an Independent. But today's political events have rocked me to my very core. I don't expect any pity, nor even understanding - but as a longtime survivor of 2 violent rapes, severe domestic physical, s*xual, and emotional abuse, and a victim of s*xual trafficking (along with specific, intensely difficult EMDR therapy I finally entered after suggesting it to all my trauma clients but never took my own advice, verifying early childhood s*xual trauma of which my family was unaware) - I can undeniably say that today's political events did nothing, in my opinion - absolutely NOTHING to help either victims or alleged perpetrators. All I feel it did was further confuse the complicated and often manipulated paradigm of s*xual assault and proper identification of all that surrounds this sensitive issue. I did choose to contact the law regarding the majority of my cases, and I did end up knowing that justice was served because I did prosecute. But the choice to prosecute and or speak up is up to every single individual; and their choice either way has my full respect. I am no better than anyone else for having chosen to prosecute. In fact, there are some events that I have not disclosed in a public forum because I felt, at the time, that it might damage people I loved dearly - even though I knew wrong doing had occurred. Looking back, I wish I had acted upon those wrongdoings. There is a lot that has and most likely will forever remain unresolved and damaged because I backed down. But we all choose our own battles to the best of our emotional, physical, and spiritual ability. I have no comment about the guilt or innocence of either Dr. Ford's testimony or Judge Kavanaugh's testimony. I have gut feelings, but I would not share these on a public space - except to say that while I do believe Dr. Ford experienced a trauma, I do not believe due process was done to prove Judge Kavanaugh is guilty. (I expect to lose a lot of "friends" for that one, but maybe gain a few). One thing I AM sure of, however, is that I have a deep respect for Senator Lindsey Graham's comments, who I feel hit the nail on the head. What could have been handled privately and timely, discreetly and legally, was instead turned into a travesty that ended up deeply and indelibly ruining the lives of TWO sides of the argument - and the lives of those closest to them. I am ashamed to be a part of a system that is so beyond broken due to extremism instead of smart and steady progress. I do not know, should God grant me the lifespan to do so, how I will ever be able to explain to my beautiful young 5 year-old when she grows up what she can learn when she is older and this part of history becomes indelible in people's minds. Any person who has experienced trauma or has been accused of unsubstantiated victimization must have been punched in the gut today; man or woman. As a survivor who keeps on trying to know more about and make peace with the past to make the best of my present and future life can, if watching and listening closely enough, see the truths and the gaps in what occurred today. And the anger, hurt, frustration, desperation, and utter bewilderment that I went through all day today I felt was summed up best by Senator Graham's impassioned words. Again, I do not affiliate myself with any political party. But I felt that Senator Graham was able to sum up the whole of the equation while giving each side it's equal due. And for all of us who have Service Dogs to assist with trauma or any other disability, I want to let you all know that Senator John Cornyn, again, yes, I know a Republican, has personally supported me and my husband from the very beginning of establishing Service Dog Express. If it weren't for Senator Cornyn's personal assistance, I never would have been able to train and present my Master's Thesis project training and working with one Wounded Warrior and his personal Service Dog for 9 months at Brooke Army Medical Center; ultimately leading to the grant bestowed upon this Service Dog and it's handler to have full access to BAMC by then Commanding General Wong. Senator Cornyn has been a constant, consistent aid to me and Service Dog Express personally for 8 years, assisting with helping to revise the Air Carrier Access Act to treat ALL Service Dogs and their handlers with equality. His office has been a constant proponent for championing those with disabilities, and he also spoke with a wisdom that resonated deeply with me because his character and willingness to challenge unfair processes in the Service Dog field have always been a source of encouragement for me. I pray for the healing of everyone in this country who has also been deeply affected by what has occurred during these two days. God help us all.