WOMEN'S HISTORY COLLECTIONS:
The National Organization for Women (NOW) was founded on June 30, 1966 in Washington D. C. during the Third National Conference of the Commission on the Status of Women. On October 26, 1966, the first national NOW conference attendees elected Betty Friedan as President, and adopted the following statement of purpose: The purpose of NOW is to take action to bring women into full participation in the mainstream of American society now, exercising all the privileges and responsibilities thereof in truly equal partnership with men.
The Jacksonville, Florida chapter of the National Organization for Women was founded on August 26, 1970. On January 3, 1971, Now Jacksonville was granted a national charter. Early functions of the organization included outreach and lobbying activities: forming consciousness raising groups; lobbying city officials to appoint more women to public boards and commissions; disseminating questionnaires to candidates running for local political office; producing a first newsletter (NOW, Jacksonville Call to Action); exploring day care services in Jacksonville; forming a speaker's bureau for lecture engagements and panels; sponsoring a symposium on abortion law; participating in national affirmative action projects; spearheading the local Alliance for Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment; helping to organize the Duval County Women's Political Caucus; and opening the women's self-help center, Options, Inc.
In 1974, Now Jacksonville started the Women's Rape Crisis Center, and in the next two years, helped to finance the opening of Hubbard House to provide counseling and aid to battered women. In October 1975, the NOW Jacksonville chapter officially separated from the Jacksonville Women's Movement, which incorporated as a separate organization.
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