The Book Of Jezebel: N Is For National Organization For Women

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As you may have heard, on October 22nd we'll be publishing our first book, a 300-page, hardcover, illustrated encyclopedia called The Book of Jezebel. In honor of this milestone —which took many years and dozens of contributors to execute—we'll be posting one entry from the book a day, starting with "A" and continuing on through to "Z." Although the book itself has already been printed — it's gorgeous — questions, additions, annotations and suggestions on the entries that appear online are welcomed and encouraged.

National Organization for Women

Organization launched in 1966 by the Feminine Mystique's Betty Friedan, the Episcopal Church's first black woman priest, Reverend Pauli Murray, and the first woman to seek the Democratic presidential nomination, Shirley Chisholm. Formed to "take action to bring women into full participation in the mainstream of American society now, exercising all privileges and responsibilities thereof in truly equal partnership with men." It later got more specific, honing its focus on reproductive rights, domestic violence, equal rights in the Constitution, antiracism, LGBT rights and economic equality.


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When I was in sixth grade, I started a NOW chapter for my friends. I'm pretty sure we weren't nationally accredited - also, I'm pretty sure all those girls who quit after the first meeting weren't my friends.