Dulles NOW was accredited in 1981. It was assigned a vast area around Dulles International Airport in Northern Virginia extending from Vienna to Leesburg and beyond. Women of various age, professional, religious, educational and personal backgrounds founded the chapter. All shared the same independence of mind, commitment to the rights of all women and non-political partisanship, although overwhelmingly leaning Democrat. It quickly became one of the largest chapter in Virginia.
In the past twenty years, the group fund raised, lobbied and participated in countless conferences, lectures, marches and demonstrations to advance the status of women and girls: the Equal Rights Amendment, anti-discriminatory laws under Title VII, violence against women, greater participation of women in politics, reproductive rights, among others. It was one of the first group in America to engage in the legal struggle against sexual harassment in the workplace.
Marie-Jose Ragab, current president, became a Dulles NOW activist in 1986. When she became International Director for NOW a few years later, the chapter voted to expand its program to include the International Trafficking of Women, sexual mutilations and the threat that growing religious fundamentalism represented to people everywhere and specifically to women, the first local NOW chapter to do so.
Dulles NOW gained national and international notoriety when it rebelled against the national NOW leadership in 1998. The chapter has thousands of followers. Wishing the problem to disappear magically, a frustrated and angry main office has declared that "Dulles NOW does not exist" with the same comic desperation that made them deny that partial-birth abortions were rampant in America and that the Paula Jones case was not about sexual harassment.
www.dullesnow.org was created in 2000. Our work has largely expanded since. The site is assiduously followed here in the
US and abroad.
Dulles NOW does not accept paid contributions.