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Purpose Statement

RI NOW’s purpose is to take action to bring women into full participation in all aspects of public and private life without experiencing barriers based on gender. We are an all-volunteer, membership-based organization that uses the legislative process to improve the lives of women and girls in Rhode Island.

Did You Know?

  • Although democrats dominate both houses of the RI State Legislature, the General Assembly is overwhelmingly anti-choice.
  • Rhode Island women have among the lowest levels of elected representation in state and national office in the country.
  • Rhode Island women, at all educational levels, are twice as likely to be poor as men.

Advancing Reproductive Justice
RI NOW believes in a comprehensive approach to achieving reproductive justice for all women. This includes access to a full range of health services, including emergency contraception and abortion, comprehensive sex education in schools, and financial resources for family planning. RI NOW works legislatively to improve access to reproductive services and fight efforts to restrict access.

Promoting Economic Justice
RI NOW fights for equity in employment, pay, benefits, access to education, and other areas that affect the economic well-being of women and girls. We work in coalition with other organizations to actively oppose punitive welfare reform that harms the most vulnerable women and children in our community.

Ending Violence Against Women
RI NOW works to end all types of violence against women, including domestic violence, sexual assault, violence at abortion clinics, gender-based hate crimes, dating violence, human trafficking and gender bias in the judicial system. In addition, we support funding for programs that provide counseling to children who witness domestic violence.

Securing Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights
RI NOW works in coalition with other groups to end discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in all areas, including employment, housing, public accommodations, health services, child custody and military policies. We assert the right of lesbians and gays to live with dignity and security and the rights of equal marriage for all.

Ending Racism
RI NOW recognizes that many women experience both gender and racial discrimination. RI NOW opposes racism and works with other organizations to identify and fight the barriers to equality and justice that are imposed by racism.

Other Issues of Concern
In addition to RI NOW’s core issue areas, we lobby on behalf of older women, women with disabilities, and women’s health issues. All are part of our purpose to bring women into full participation in all aspects of public and private life.

Contact Us
RI NOW is most effective when our geographically-dispersed members lobby their elected leaders to affect change. To join us in our efforts to improve the lives of women and girls in Rhode Island, please become a member and join our listserve.  Contact RI NOW President Carolyn Mark via email or by calling 401-862-0354.

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