Today in Feminist History: N.O.W.— Bringing Women into Full Participation in Mainstream American Society (June 30, 1966)

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Today in Feminist History is our daily recap of the major milestones and minor advancements that shaped women’s history in the U.S.—from suffrage to Shirley Chisholm and beyond. These posts were written by, and are presented in homage to, our late staff historian and archivist, David Dismore.


June 30, 1966: A new, and proudly feminist organization has just been born!

Betty Friedan

Twenty-eight people got together today and formally set up a National Organization for Women to finish the generations-long fight for total equality. The group’s founders have been in Washington, D.C., since day before yesterday attending the Third National Conference of the Commissions on the Status of Women.

Many of those attending the conference were action oriented, and wanted to do something specific and meaningful to fight sexism—beginning with a resolution demanding that…

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