Dismayed by the long silence of the NOW National Leadership on the matter of Sexual Harassment Law under Title VII of the Civil Rights of 1964 as its consequences unfold at the White House; surprised at the misleading public statements made by them on the issue, the Dulles Area Chapter of NOW
voted tonight to:
1. Call for the immediate resignation of the National Officers and of the National Board.
2. Disassociate itself from the main office until such changes have taken place and become a dissent Chapter.
The original intent of NOW was to stand for the rights of all women in all facets of society in a non-partisan manner, a creed we adhere to. Given NOW's vociferous stand against Supreme Court Justice Thomas, Senator Packwood, the United States Armed Forces and others, the apparent sharp departure of the National Leadership from past conduct has led to accusations of double-standard and hypocrisy all across the United States. As such, we believe that the national Officers and the National Board Members have damaged the credibility of NOW to the degree that it may not be able to recover from it;. We cannot, in conscience, be party to this.
As we wait the resolution of the White House legal tangles, and without passing judgment on the cases, we sincerely wish President Clinton well. These are profoundly painful issues for those in our Chapter who voted for him, but we shall nevertheless continue to advise women of the democratic ways by which they can express their political support. It has taken over 25 years of struggle on the part of thousands of women for the creation of sexual harassment laws. Out of respect for the sacrifices of those who stood up without legal protection and who suffered the destruction that went with it, we Dulles NOW feminists cannot allow the trampling of these rights by our own leadership.