Despite claims to the contrary, feminism is alive and well in the United States. Last November’s election caught pretty much all of us off guard and it did push us back on our heels. That lasted about 24 hours.
Since then, hundreds of thousands of women and men are making themselves heard and seen. Over a million people-feminists marched in Washington in January, making it one of the largest in our nation’s his or her story.
And when you talk, write or march about the feminist movement, for me what comes to mind first, is the National Organization for Women; the largest and most powerful feminist group in the world. For 50 years, NOW has been at the forefront of the women’s feminist movement. Wages, Social Security, equal marriage, rape culture, Equal Rights Amendment and reproductive rights.
NOW is in every state and across the country. NOW is in the Quad-Cities. Our local chapter is one of the oldest in the country. Quad-Cities NOW continues to be active and meet on a regular basis.
We must never despair or give up hope. To quote Hillary Clinton accurately, “resist, insist, persist, enlist.”
Editor’s note: Stewart is president of the state of Iowa NOW and Quad-Cities NOW chapter