Brooklyn-Queens NOW

Cause Area

  • Advocacy & Human Rights
  • Women


111-23 76th Road#D-4Forest Hills, NY 11375 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Brooklyn-Queens NOW is a grass roots, civil rights organization dedicated to women's rights issues. Our core issues are: Ratification of the ERA; Defending Reproductive Rights; Ending Discrimination Based on Gender and Sexual Orientation; Ending Violence Against Women; and Economic Justice and Equality of Opportunity.


Since it was founded in 1972, the Brooklyn Chapter (which later became the Brooklyn-Queens chapter) of NOW has:

Worked in the coalition that saved the Brooklyn College Women’s Center from extinction.
Challenged employment bias in NY Times ads, state government and the private sector.
Fought for better treatment of rape survivors by hospitals and police.
Backed equal funding of school programs for girls and boys under Title IX.
Opposed union busting and helped win non-traditional union jobs for women.
Won statewide legislation criminalizing female genital mutilation, which was occurring in Brooklyn.
Participated in the successful campaign for the Equal Benefits Law. Testified at City Council hearings, which resulted in increased availability of EC in NYC.

Goals for the Future
End poverty among women and children, who are still the majority of homeless people and welfare recipients.
Stop mandatory mediation, which is replacing our right to sue in divorce and in the workplace.
Prevent hospital mergers from threatening family planning and denying care for rape survivors.
Stop the 30 year war against Roe v. Wade.
Make high-quality childcare affordable and available.
Educate our schools to teach respect for nontraditional families.
Change medical and workplace research, which still assumes men are the norm.
Educate on Human Trafficking in our area, support Anti-Trafficking legislation and take action to defeat all human enslavement.


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