The National Organization For Women Denies Voting Rights To Its Own Members

Some of the criticism of Voter ID laws is that transportation to government offices that issue IDs can be difficult. Financial resources for getting to the government offices can also be limited.

“New laws in 10 states requiring voters to show IDs could present serious challenges to voters without financial resources and transportation, according to a report released Wednesday.”

Another criticism is that voter ID laws purposefully make voting difficult for certain groups of people.

“And this month in North Carolina, plaintiffs complained to a judge that early-voting plans in five populous counties, including Charlotte’s Mecklenburg County, embraced some of the discriminatory practices that federal courts had outlawed this summer. That came after two senior Republican Party officials advised local elections boards in emails to choose polling places and voting hours that inconvenience minorities and other Democratic-leaning constituencies.”

The National Organization for Women claims to be concerned about voting rights. Below is what NOW had on its ‘Advance Voting Rights” action page as of May 7, 2017:

Advance Voting Rights

Voting rights advocacy has been a civil rights issue for
decades. Current voter suppression has manifested itself
in a variety of ways, including racial gerrymandering,
voter ID laws,and disproportionate distribution of election
day resources. Voter suppression laws affect all women,
however, a disproportionate impact falls on women of color
and low-income women, students and the elderly. The 2016
election was the first presidential election since the Voting
Rights Act of 1965 was weakened through the Supreme Court’s
ruling in Shelby v. Holder, which cleared the way for states to
enact voter suppression legislation.

This action page includes a “Social Media Toolkit” for members to “Take Action!” On May 7, 2017, the Resources tab displayed “Whoops…We couldn’t find what you asked for” when I tried clicking on three out of four resource links. Just as NOW doesn’t have as many chapters as it claims to have, NOW does not provide as many resources as it lists. This is yet another example of feminist leader ineffectiveness.

If you pay attention to what NOW leaders post elsewhere at, you will see for yourself that the National Organization for Women is concerned about voting rights for everyone except its own members. From the 2017 Conference page as of May 7, 2017:

Join the National Organization for Women for the 2017
Forward Feminism Conference! The conference will take
place in sunny Orlando, Florida at the Florida Hotel and
Conference Center–not far from Walt Disney World,
Universal Orlando, the Kennedy Space Center, and more.

Grassroots activists will gather for inspiring plenary speakers,
thought-provoking workshops, and opportunities to engage
with feminist organizers from around the country. Members
will also shape the future of the organization by casting their
votes for the next president and vice president of NOW.

The National Organization for Women limits voting to members who attend the national conference. Where is the 2017 conference taking place? In the middle of the Florida peninsula, almost as far away from every other part of the United States as is possible to get. How’s that for choosing an inconvenient polling place with inconvenient voting hours and transportation requirements that strain financial resources?

No absentee voting.

No voting through state chapters.

No voting for members who do not have the financial resources, transportation, time, health, or substitute care for children, parents, and spouses to travel to the convention.

The National Organization for Women practices voter suppression by denying voting rights to its own members.

Below on the left are quotes describing people who support Donald Trump.

Below on the right are similar statements describing members of the National Organization for Women.

“You want to be ruled, not governed.”

You want to be ruled, not governed.

“I already know that integrity is not
high on your list.”

I already know that equality
between women is not
high on your list.

“You are either a racist, or at best,
have no problem with racism.”

You are either a misogynist, or at best,
have no problem with
inequality between women.

“You have an issue with women.”

You have an issue with women who
expect equality between women.

“You aren’t really Christian.”

You aren’t really feminist.

“You don’t believe in the Constitution.”

You don’t believe in
the 19th amendment.

Donald Trump keeps secrets. He announces on media that he keeps secrets by refusing to release his taxes.

National Organization for Women leaders keep secrets. They announce on that they keep secrets by placing “Protected: NOW Leader Docs” on the NOW Leaders page.

Feminist leaders have a long history of trashing women who make different choices. (Gloria Steinem: “Women have two choices: Either she’s a feminist or a masochist.”) President Trump has a long history of insulting people who are different or who disagree with him. NOW leaders and President Donald Trump are more similar than different. Expect similar results from both President Trump and feminist leaders — elitists protecting their own interests at the expense of everyone else.

Election Results

Following the national conference, NOW sent out a press release with this statement:

“Van Pelt and Yazzie were elected by NOW members at the annual
Forward Feminism Conference, which drew nearly 500 activists
from around the country. Van Pelt, of Seminole, Fla., is the
current president of the Institute for Science and Human Values,
and brings decades of experience volunteering for women’s rights
nationally and in Florida NOW leadership. Yazzie, an enrolled
member of the Navajo Nation in Durango, Colo., has served on
NOW’s national board since the early 2000s. Both will relocate
to Washington, D.C. to lead the organization.”

Fewer than 500 members elected a new president and vice president for an organization that claims to have “hundreds of thousands of members and activists”. Sound like voter suppression to you? It does to me.

Note that a candidate from Florida was elected at a conference that was likely mostly attended by Florida residents. Sound like a rigged election to you? It does to me.

“As ID Laws Fall, Voters See New Barriers Rise”
Michael Wines
The New York Times
October 25, 2016

“If You Tell Me You Are Supporting Trump, I Already Know Seven Things About You”
Daily Kos
September 30, 2016

“Let’s Get Real about Feminism: The Backlash, the Myths, the Movement.”
hooks, bell, Gloria Steinem, Urvashi Vaid, and Naomi Wolf.
Ms. Magazine.
Vol 4(2) September/October 1993: pages 34-43.
One of Gloria Steinem’s “masochist” quotes is in this article.

“Studies finds costs associated with voter IDs”
Krissah Thompson
The Washington Post
July 18, 2012

“There’s a helpfully complete list of all the 281 people Trump has insulted on Twitter”
Jen Mills
October 24, 2016

“Trashing: The Dark Side of Sisterhood”
April, 1976

Paula M. Kramer
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As an American, I have freedom of speech.

As a woman, I have the right to express my opinion about anything the National Organization for Women claims to do for women.

In 2016, I started adding the section below to all of my new Feminist Leader blog posts. I also added it to all posts published before 2016.

The National Organization For Women
Silences Women

National NOW has blocked me on its Facebook page. I wrote comments based on my blog posts. All of my blog posts are based on a wide variety of evidence. Much of the evidence comes from National NOW’s website, emails and posts from NOW presidents, and emails from NOW staff members. I use no hostile language, no slurs, no profanity. I do use the phrase “glory addicts” in reference to NOW leaders. I also use “glory addiction”, “glory fixes”, and “a dedicated network of glory addicts”. Dr. Marsha Vanderford (Doyle) identified the glory needs of pro-choice leaders in her 1982 dissertation.

Feminist leaders have been silencing women for decades. bell hooks, Gloria Steinem, Urvashi Vaid, and Naomi Wolf got together for a conversation that was published in Ms. Magazine in 1993. The discussion included why women choose not ta call themselves feminists. Did these four feminist leaders working for women’s equality ask women who choose not to call themselves feminist to speak for themselves? Of course not! The four feminist leaders silenced millions of women by speaking for them without first requesting permission to speak for them.

Imagine a group of women who choose not to call themselves feminists getting together for a conversation to be published in a magazine about why some women call themselves feminists. Would hooks, Steinem, Vaid, Wolf, or Ms. Magazine agree with nonfeminist women denying them the opportunity to speak for themselves? Of course not! Would hooks, Steinem, Vaid, Wolf, or Ms. Magazine agree that nonfeminist women had the right to speak for feminist women without their permission? Of course not!

My feminist leader blog posts provide evidence that feminist leaders still create glory for themselves while relegating supporters to “secondary importance”. Dr. Vanderford used the words “relegated” and “secondary importance” in her dissertation. Eoin Harnett of University College Cork in Ireland used the same “secondary importance” phrase:

“Throughout the ages, women were frequently characterised
and treated as inferior and of secondary importance to men.”

NOW leaders even relegated two of their supporters to secondary importance. The supporters responded to my last two comments on National NOW’s Facebook page with comments supporting NOW. NOW leaders silenced those supporters by removing their comments along with my comments. Instead of creating equality, NOW leaders treat other women the same way patriarchal men treat women:

NOW leaders silenced at least three women on Facebook while posting claims to be creating equality for women. Secondary importance is the opposite of equality, as women throughout the ages could testify.

In-House Rhetoric of Pro-Life and Pro-Choice Special Interest Groups in Minnesota: Motivation and Alienation
Dissertation, University of Minnesota, 1982
Marsha Vanderford Doyle, Ph.D.
(Now Marsha Vanderford)
Quoted words on page 350.

“Let’s Get Real about Feminism: The Backlash, the Myths, the Movement.”
hooks, bell, Gloria Steinem, Urvashi Vaid, and Naomi Wolf.
Ms. Magazine.
Vol 4(2) September/October 1993: pages 34-43.

“Multitext Project in Irish History: Movements for Political & Social Reform, 1870-1914”
Eoin Hartnett
University College Cork, Ireland
No date
This project is no longer available online.

Updated July 7, 2017.


  • Beth said:

    Ms. Kramer,

    Please tell me how you differ from the women you criticize, when you did not ask me if you could speak on my behalf?


    • Paula Kramer said:

      Where did I say I am speaking for you?

      • Beth said:

        First you claim that “The four feminist leaders silenced millions of women by speaking for them without first requesting permission to speak for them.”

        Later you post statements from Daily Kos describing Donald Trump, next to statements that are not sourced describing members of the National Organization for Women. Your purpose appears to be to suggest there is no difference.

        Since this is your blog it seems safe to think these are your comments. So why didn’t you ask the permission of NOW members to post them? Or at least run it past us first for our opinion.

        • Paula Kramer said:

          You have not shown that I said I was speaking for you. I do not claim to speak for all women. The National Organization for Women claims this on their About page:

          “As the grassroots arm of the women’s movement, the National Organization for Women is dedicated to its multi-issue and multi-strategy approach to women’s rights, and is the largest organization of feminist grassroots activists in the United States. NOW has hundreds of chapters and hundreds of thousands of members and activists in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Since our 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.”

          NOW just silenced hundreds of thousands of its own members by not allowing them to vote in the July 2017 election for NOW president and vice-president. NOW is the champion at voter suppression. Vote suppressing Republican politicians should take note.

          You are doing exactly what Trump supporters do. You deflect to avoid the issue. Why did NOW suppress the voting rights of hundreds of thousands of its own members?

        • Paula Kramer said:

          Deflecting, deflecting, deflecting.

          I am not a member of NOW. I can make outside observations about NOW’s leaders without asking anyone’s permission. NOW leaders have a responsibility to NOW members. I don’t.

          You keep coming up with excuses to ignore the determined efforts of NOW leaders to silence NOW members. I will make a point of mentioning your comments in a future blog post about the similarities between NOW members, Trump supporters, and members of Joel Osteen’s church.

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