Six Core Issues

Reproductive Rights and Justice, Economic Justice, Ending Violence Against Women, Racial Justice, LGBTQ Rights, Constitutional Equality


Reproductive Rights and Justice

NOW fully supports access to safe and legal abortion, to effective birth control and emergency contraception, to reproductive health services and education for all women.

Economic Justice

NOW advocates for wide range of economic justice issues affecting women including a living wage, job discrimination, pay equity, social security and pension reform & more.

Ending Violence Against Women

NOW is unique in its approach to the issue of violence against women, emphasizing the interrelated factors and complexity of the issue.

Racial Justice

A leader in civil rights since 1966, NOW continues to fight for equal opportunities for women of color in all areas including employment, education & health care.

LGBTQ Rights

NOW is committed to fighting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in all areas, including employment, housing, health services, and child custody.

Constitutional Equality

Equality in pay, job opportunities, political structure, social security and education will remain elusive without a guarantee of equality in the U.S. Constitution.

Current Central Phoenix • Inez Casiano NOW Legislative Committee Actions

The main task of the Legislative Committee is to

  1. identify the legislative priorities both nationally and locally for the chapter
  2. craft and carry out a strategy and plan to assist in getting those priorities enacted
  3. inform the members and other interested parties through trainings and legislative action alerts what steps they can take to influence legislation

The three identified priorities for 2018 are:

  1. state passage of the Equal Rights Amendment
  2. removal of the luxury tax on tampons, diapers and other necessary hygiene items
  3. rescission of the Arizona law that allows judges to give permission for a child younger than 16 to marry

Information about each of those issues is included in the following tabs. Email us if you would like to join the committee (we meet the third Sunday from 10:30am – noon in central Phoenix), or if you would like to receive the weekly action alerts when the legislative session begins in January. 

The committee also is working on another gender pay gap event in April and passage of CEDAW in cities. 


The American DreamThe American Dream for Women:  Freedom, Equality and Opportunity – when will it arrive?
Dianne Post

Chronology of the Equal Rights Amendment, 1923-1996

Equal Rights Amendment scary to GOP, but is only way to equality
Arizona Capital Times

The Equal Rights Amendment: A Stronger Constitutional Protection for Women’s Reproductive Rights
Sun City West NOW

Download your ERA posters here:

Posted by ERA Task Force AZ on Saturday, January 20, 2018


We Heart: Period Equity’s Tampon Tax PSA
Ms. Magazine Blog

Teen Voices: Take That, Tampon Tax!
We news


Falling Through the Cracks, how laws allow child marriage to happen in today’s america.
Tahirih Justice Center

Is it legal for an older man to court a child bride in the US?

Eleven of 15 Arizona counties responded to a survey on how many teenagers were married in Arizona over the last 4-6 years. The only county with enough data to analyze was Maricopa although the only counties showing under 16-year-old marriages were Gila (1) and Navajo (2). These pdf charts illustrate some fascinating facts about underage marriage in Arizona. 

8 Child Marriage Myths/Misconceptions
girls not brides

Central Phoenix • Inez Casiano NOW Chapter is Fighting for Fair Pay

  • Men’s Pay 100%
  • Asian Women’s Pay 84%
  • White Women’s Pay 75%
  • Black Women’s Pay 60%
  • Latina Women’s Pay 55%

We all know that men are paid more than women are paid over their lifetimes. Women face very great salary disparities, which, as the following graphic points out, are much worse for minority women. The Central Phoenix • Inez Casiano NOW chapter is working to educate the public and our state lawmakers about this terrible and systemic prejudice. “NOW advocates for wide range of economic justice issues affecting women including a living wage, job discrimination, pay equity, social security and pension reform & more.” ~ NOW Core Value

In April of 2017 we informed our State Representatives that we want them to work to create parity, educated the public about the facts, and made our voices heard at our Arizona state level by:

1) Getting a proclamation from the City of Phoenix Mayor, Greg Stanton, in support of closing the wage gap with an official EQUAL PAY DAY.

2) Holding a press conference for the above, uplifting women’s voices about the Pay Gap’s impact on their lives with the telling of stories from women representing a variety of races and ages.

3) Using cakes to symbolize dollars, cut into pieces representing the percentages of the dollar women are left out in wages by race to educate and remind everyone about the pay gap.

4) Delivering cakes with Equal Pay Day slices cut out of them to our respective legislators.

5) Writing letters to legislators with talking points about Equal Pay Day.

6) Wearing RED to symbolize that until all women are earning equal wages for equal work they are in the red.

Equal Protection for all citizens

Violation of Fair Pay Laws

The persistent gender wage gap is a violation of federal and state fair pay laws.

Prayer for relief

  1. We seek a declaratory judgment that the gender wage gap is a violation of 42 U.S.C. §1983, the 14th Amendment equal protection clause and the federal and state fair pay laws;
  2. We seek an injunction ordering that every business, organization or governmental entity that has a gender wage gap must immediately remedy said gap.
  3. We see a monetary award sufficient amount with all defendants contributing proportionally for restitution to working women whose wages have been stolen.

Respectfully submitted this date: 11 April 2017

signed by several members of Central Phoenix • Inez Casiano NOW Chapter #0140