NOW is the largest organization of feminist grassroots activists in the United States. Since its founding in 1966, NOW’s purpose is to take action through intersectional grassroots activism to promote feminist ideals, lead societal change, eliminate discrimination, and achieve and protect the equal rights of all women and girls in all aspects of social, political, and economic life.
The topic of Houston NOW’s March meeting was “The ‘Me Too’ Movement: Another Flash in the Pan, or a Commitment to a Long-term Fix? What We Can Do”
Margie shared information about the problem of sexual harassment in our society, and in the workplace in particular, and how the court system has become less and less receptive to these cases over the years by adopting stringent legal theories that favor the employer, and put substantial roadblocks in the way of employees who seek redress through litigation.
She also addressed the means by which employees and other concerned individuals can make a difference — in the workplace and, ultimately, under the law. Employers need to enforce existing policies and provide better training. Legislators need to remove legal barriers that thwart the efforts to enforce existing laws through the judicial system.
Margie first became a member of NOW in September of 1977, which enabled her to be a volunteer at the first ever International Women’s Day celebration held here in Houston that year. She was the founder of the Sexual Harassment Committee of the National Employment Lawyers Association, and has co-authored amicus briefs to the Supreme Court and other courts regarding sexual harassment cases.