Chicago NOW has five key issue teams that are dedicated to making our city a better place for women and girls. If you are interested in getting involved with the CNOW Action Team, email us at info@chicagonow.org. Our core issues are:

Reproductive Justice

CNOW fully supports access to safe and legal abortion, to effective birth control including emergency contraception, to reproductive health services, and education for all women. We oppose attempts to restrict these rights through legislation or regulation.

Economic Equity

CNOW advocates for wide range of economic justice issues affecting women, from the glass ceiling to the sticky floor of poverty. These include welfare reform, livable wages, job discrimination, pay equity, housing, social security and pension reform, and much more.

 LGBTQ Rights

CNOW is committed to fighting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in all areas, including employment, housing, public accommodations, health services, child custody and military policies. CNOW asserts the right of LGBTQ+ individuals to live their lives with dignity and security.

Racial Justice

CNOW condemns the racism that inflicts a double burden of race and gender discrimination on women of color. Seeing human rights as indivisible, we are committed to identifying and fighting against those barriers to equality and justice that are imposed by racism. CNOW is committed to diversifying our movement, and we continue to fight for equal opportunities for women of color in all areas including employment, education and reproductive rights.

Ending Violence Against Women

CNOW rejects violence against women in all its varied forms including, but not limited to, domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, violence at abortion clinics, hate crimes, the gender bias in our judicial system that further victimizes survivors of violence, and the violence of poverty emphasized by the radical right’s attacks on poor women and children.

Equal Rights Amendment

Equality in pay, job opportunities, political structure, social security and education will remain an elusive dream without a guarantee of equality in the U.S. Constitution. The progress we have made towards women’s equality can be lost at any time because those advances depend on legislation that can be (and has been) weakened or repealed by Congress. As such, passing a constitutional guarantee of equality for women remains one of CNOW’s priorities.