NOW: Best and worst of 2018

The National Organization for Women has led the fight for equal rights for decades. The organization released this list for the worst offenders and top victories in 2018:

Worst offenders of women’s rights

  • Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education, for her failure to protect students, especially those who are targets of sexual harassment and abuse. Her proposed changes to Title IX would make schools more dangerous for all students.
  • CBS Corp. for failing over decades to respond to complaints of sexual harassment and abuse. Specific criticism goes to Charlie Rose, Jeff Fager and CEO Les Moonves.
  • The National Football League (NFL) for its long-standing culture of misogyny and violence against women. Specific criticism was directed at commissioner Roger Goodell who demonstrates the NFL values profits over people and has no interest in implementing real change.
  • Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh who has a history of sexual aggression and could jeopardize Roe v. Wade and access to safe, legal abortion.
  • President Donald Trump for his history of sexual exploits and misconduct and his ongoing rhetoric and behavior.

Victories for women’s rights

  • State victories for the ERA and equal pay. Illinois became the 37th state to ratify the ERA. New Jersey passed the strongest equal pay legislation in the country.
  • 2018 midterm elections resulted in 102 women elected to Congress.
  • The #MeToo movement empowering more and more women to refuse to be shamed into silence and to step up and demand justice. Sexual assault and harassment are not isolated incidents that can be blamed on the victims.
  • The sentencing of Bill Cosby demonstrates no one is above the law.
  • Enough is Enough Congressional Briefing and Summit convened by NOW drew a coalition of major feminist organizations to identify rampant sexual violence, share stories and formulate action plans.

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