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Our Mission Statement

Welcome to the National Organization for Women - Minnesota Chapter. This statewide organization was formed in 1971 and our mission is still the same: taking action to bring women into the mainstream of American society NOW, exercising all privileges and responsibili- ties thereof, in truly equal partnership with men. 

What are MN NOW's Core Issues?

MN NOW has actively worked to change the political, social, economic and cultural landscape for women in Minnesota.  Our primary emphases are:

  1. Constitutional Equality
  2. reproductive rights (including repeal of all laws restricting safe, legal abortion)
  3. lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender rights
  4. eliminating racism
  5. Freedom from violence
  6. Economic justice (including opposition to punitive welfare reform)

What does MN NOW do?

MN NOW is a multi-issue, grassroots advocate working for women's rights in Minnesota.  Unlike single-user groups, MN NOW works on the whole range of women's issues, which allows us to shift focus when the need or desire arises for the maximum benefit of women. 

MN NOW carries out its mission in various ways.  We propose and monitor legislation that affects women; develop public policy; provide information to members and other women's organizations through mailings such as our newsletters the Minnesota NOW Times and Legislative Update and legislative Action Alerts; lobby legislators and government officials; testify at public hearings; assist in the organization and support of local chapters of MN NOW; produce educational materials; provide speakers; and endorse and support political candidates who will work to advance MN NOW's issues.   We also serve as an information resource for women, students, media, government and international groups.

MN NOW believes that there is strength in numbers and that we can broaden our message by bringing women's concerns to broader issue coalitions. We are members of the Minnesota Women's Consortium, the Affirmative Options Coalition, the Women Candidate Development Coalition, the MN Coalition of Organizations for Sex Equity in Education (MCOSEE), the MN Housing Partnership and the Pay Equity Coalition.  This is another opportunity for you, the activist, to get involved with an issue of particular interest.  You can be a MN NOW coalition liaison.

Local chapters of ten or more MN NOW members are active throughout the state. Current chapters include: Fergus Falls Area NOW, Minnesota Valley NOW (south metro area, Prior Lake, Shakopee), Sherburne-Wright NOW (2 counties NW of the Twin Cities), South Central MN NOW (Mankato area) and Uptown NOW (metro area chapter). Although we have active members in Duluth and Rochester areas, there are currently no formal chapters.  If you are interested in connecting with members in any of these areas please check the Chapters page or contact MN NOW.

MN NOW has approximately 2,400 members and is primarily supported financially through membership dues and contributions.  Membership is open to anyone who believes in the mission of the organization.

Please join Minnesota NOW today!

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