Magazine article National NOW Times

Only Two Months Away! National NOW Conference Comes to D.C. July 18-20

Magazine article National NOW Times

Only Two Months Away! National NOW Conference Comes to D.C. July 18-20

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Join us for the 2008 National NOW Conference on Friday, July 18, through Sunday, July 20, at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda in Bethesda, Md., a near suburb of Washington, D.C.

The annual conference will convene hundreds of activists, NOW leaders, members and supporters who will participate in a packed program of workshops, speakers and entertainment on Friday and Saturday, and a policy-making delegate session on Sunday. This year's conference will include a special session and workshops on global feminism issues and strategies, and will feature an exciting Political Organizing Institute.

Irshad Manji, who won Oprah Winfrey's first annual Chutzpah Award for "audacity, nerve, boldness and conviction," will be featured, along with Dr. Yakin Erturk of Turkey, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women. Nancy Redd, NY Times bestselling author of Body Drama will be joining us, along with former news anchor Carol Jenkins, who now heads the Women's Media Center. Check for added speakers at www.now.org/conference.

Former NOW President Patricia Ireland, who launched NOW's first global feminism project and Global Conference will be recognized as a "Woman of Vision." We will also honor two women who are receiving "Woman of Courage" awards at the conference - Barbara Hillary, the first African American woman to reach the North Pole (at age 75 no less!), and Lilly Ledbetter, who took her pay discrimination case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and is traveling the country to win support for legislation restoring equal pay rights.

Here is a preview of a few of the 42 workshop and panels scheduled for the conference:

* Young women face a unique set of challenges at work - from temporary employment, short stints at many different jobs, gaps in their resumes and age discrimination - as they work to earn respect, promotions and pay raises. …

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