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Marie-Jose Ragab

Marie-Jose Ragab created the International Division of the National Organization for Women in 1989 at the request of former NOW president Molly Yard and former V/P Patricia Ireland.  As such, she conducted think-tanks abroad and in the U.S. on the rise of religious and secular organized violence against women worldwide, the role of women in political processes, the history of the American women's movement, organizing and lobbying

She testified as an expert witness in Texas courts to defend Asian domestic workers victimized by the international trafficking of women, sponsored fund raisers to highlight the expanding practice of female genital mutilation (FGM), honor killing and other forms of physical and psychological abuse toward women and girls.

She has been a regular guest of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Voice of America, CNN, Fox Channel, America's Voice and other major national and foreign networks.  She has appeared on Larry King and the O'Reilly Factor and has given countless radio and newspaper interviews here and abroad.

Active in the organization since 1986, Ragab was elected president of the Virginia-based Dulles NOW Chapter a few years later.  She resigned from her post in February 1998 in the wake of the Lewinsky scandal to protest NOW's siding with the White House.  Establishing a precedent, the Dulles NOW Executive Committee voted to become a dissident group instead and maintained Ragab in her position.  The group went on to file an Amicus brief on behalf of Paula Jones' appeal, called twice for the resignation of Bill Clinton, opposed pornography in public libraries as a violation of Title VII Sexual Harassment laws before the courts recognized it as such, supported a Republican majority in Virginia and the 2000 Bush candidacy.

Born and educated in France, she obtained her U.S. citizenship in 1982.  She has a background in international marketing and has traveled extensively abroad.  She resides with her husband in Vienna, Virginia and is currently working on a book about the inability of American feminists to shed ideology and to transform themselves into the post-cold war force that new political realities demanded.

 

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