Our chapter began 1975 with five members.
Lots of students were involved too, until 1988 when we helped UVa found a chapter of its own.
For more than four decades, our purpose has guided our actions, which have included:
- Gathering and publicizing rape statistics about crimes in the Charlottesville area;
- Honoring women's contributions to our local history in "A Herstory";
- Five printable notecards commemorating major heroines of Virginia history;
- Holding walk-a-thons to support the Equal Rights Amendment;
- Taking buses of supporters to wherever the nearest marches or rallies were being held for women's rights;
- Placing an ad in the Daily Progress regarding women-unfriendly Supreme Court nominations;
- Running voter registration drives;
- Conducting leadership development seminars for women running for office;
- Participating in "Take Back the Night" Marches with our UVa student partners in FIFE;
- Holding a public panel discussion exploring HPV and the controversial cervical cancer vaccine; and
- Joining Virginia NOW
in "Pro-Choice Lobby Day" to discuss issues with
legislators in our state capital.
As part of the largest
organization of feminist grassroots activists in the
United States, Charlottesville NOW is dedicated to an
intersectional multi-issue and multi-strategy approach
to women’s rights. We take action to promote feminist
ideas, lead societal change, eliminate discrimination,
and achieve and protect the equal rights of all women
and girls in all aspects of social, political and