Join the CNOW Board for 2020

Chicago NOW is accepting board applications! If you’re a motivated feminist that would like to help out with Chicago NOW’s advocacy work and initiatives, now’s your chance! Please complete this submission form by Friday, November 15. Afterwards, we will be in touch about scheduling a brief interview between yourself and a current board member.

A bit more info on what being a board member entails:

What do Board Members do?

  • Serve as an ambassador for the organization
  • Plan and promote organizational activities
  • Attend Board meetings and organizational events
  • Recruit members and Board Members
  • Support fundraising and organizational operations

Benefits of Serving on the Board

  • Advance opportunities and rights of women in Chicago & beyond
  • Network with progressive professionals
  • Actively engage in the dialogue on feminism and equality
  • Build leadership experience

Board meetings are typically scheduled once a month, and all board members are expected to be present during these meetings. Board Members are required to participate in our annual events and issue-based actions throughout the year.

Board Members are also required to be registered members of Chicago NOW, which is an annual fee of $40 a year. In addition, there is a $500 fundraising requirement. We are an all volunteer organization that operates as a result of donations. This amount can be fulfilled through reaching out to your network and inviting people to attend our events (as their donations will count toward your total), in kind donations (supplies, food, etc.), personal donations, or some combination of all of the above.

We are looking forward to a great new year with new faces and new unique perspectives! We hope you will join us.

Thank you for attending Women Who Dared!

We couldn’t have done it without you.
Thank you for being part of Chicago NOW’s Women Who Dared 2019! We are thrilled that so many of you were able to join us as we honored and thanked Rep. Kelly Cassidy and Sendy Soto for their important contributions to the local feminist community.

Rep. Kelly Cassidy and Sendy Soto pose with CNOW Board Members at our Women Who Dared event on October 2.

Sendy Soto and Rep. Kelly Cassidy pose with CNOW Board Members at our Women Who Dared event on October 2.

Sendy Soto and Rep. Kelly Cassidy pose with CNOW Board Members.

Your support is crucial to our success.
Chicago NOW is an all-volunteer chapter dedicated to making our city a better place for women and girls. Our work is financed solely by contributions from members, donors and sponsors. Your support of events like Women Who Dared enables us to continue our important activist work.

Chicago NOW is dedicated to making our city a better place for women and girls by:

  • Advocating for economic equity that affects all women and particularly women of color
  • Working to end violence against women in all its forms
  • Advancing the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the U.S. Constitution
  • Defending and supporting LGBTQ rights
  • Amplifying women’s voices and leading the way for systemic change in racial justice
  • Fighting for reproductive justice
Want to get more involved with Chicago NOW?
Follow us on social media! And, stay tuned for info on our open board meeting this December, when we’ll elect our 2020 board and toast our accomplishments. Join us for cocktails and dinner, get to know our board members, and find out how you can continue to supercharge the feminist fight.

Thank you again for helping us fight for equality and justice for all women and girls!

Hannah Bonecutter Performs “Don’t Compare” at our Give Your Choice a Voice event

It is with great pleasure that I share with you my most recent spoken word performance this year 2019! This piece entitled “Don’t Compare” was performed for the nonprofit National Organization of Women (NOW) Chicago Chapter in April 2019 at The Den Theatre in Chicago, IL.

For a quick summary, it is a piece about the extensive, frequent, and demeaning comparisons that society (in many ways and on many levels) makes on the bodily autonomy, intellectual abilities, and other skills of women.

Emergency Action: Rally to Save Roe – Monday, May 20th!

Georgia. Alabama. Ohio. Indiana. Missouri. The list of states passing reckless, dangerous and unconstitutional bans on abortion seems to grow by the day. One thing is clear beyond any doubt – anti-abortion forces will not stop until Roe v. Wade is overturned and access to safe, legal abortion ceases to exist. We must act now to save Roe.

Join us this Monday, May 20 at 5:00 p.m. at Federal Plaza in downtown Chicago (Adams and Dearborn) for the Rally to Save Roe!

We will be joined by a coalition of organizations committed to protecting access to women’s reproductive healthcare, and we will learn how we can take action in Illinois. Right now, the Illinois House of Representatives is considering the Reproductive Health Act, a measure designed to protect and ensure access to abortion care, contraceptives and maternal care in Illinois. Contact your state representative and MAKE them vote on this bill here.

The rally also will feature a number of women dressed as handmaids, based on characters from Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” – a dystopian novel about a future world that treats women as property of the state. We cannot allow that story to move from fiction to reality.
Join us for this event – and spread the word.