Monthly Meetings
Our chapter meets at 6:30pm on the third Tuesday of each month at (See directions):

Selby Library
1331 First Street
Sarasota, Florida 34236

Affiliate with Our Chapter (click here)

For At-Large members, no additional cost and includes Chapter monthly newsletter.

NOW Membership Application (click here)
Call us or come to our next meeting. We need women and men of feminist mind to join us. Now is the time to get active and stand up for women's rights! We need your energy, your help, and your membership.

Have an old Cell Phone?

SPARCC, (Sarasota Co.) Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center, can put your old cell phone to good use. They refurbish them and give them to clients that need them to call 911 in an emergency.  Contact SPARCC or 941-365-1976 for more information.
Sarasota and Manatee County, Florida

P. O. Box 2972
Sarasota, FL 34230
Phone: (800) 301-8604

SPARCC Walk This Weekend

Join SPARCC this weekend for a 3.5 mile walk to raise awareness about Domestic Violence. Signup starts at 8 AM, Saturday, October 3rd at the intersection of Main St. and Tamiami Trl (Hamel Park). The walk starts at 9 AM. There is a $5.00 registration fee, which includes a tee shirt. Please come and support this cause. Walk with other NOW members, we'll be there with a 3x5 foot banner. Click here to see the SPARCC PDF flyer and print it.

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Internationally Recognized Speakers to Gather at the Hyatt Regency to Discuss Maternity Care. Event sponsored by SaraMana NOW.

Sarasota is hosting a forum, Maternal Health Care in the 21st Century: Sarasota and Beyond. The Sarasota-Manatee Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) is sponsoring the event,  with co-sponsors Florida Friends of Midwives and the Sarasota Commission on the Status of Women.  Open at no cost; however reservations are recommended; contact Laura Gilkey at (941) 915-8115 or email

Complimentary parking is available in the parking lot just east of the hotel. The Hyatt also offers valet service for $8.

The discussion will be moderated by Kelly Kirschner. The panel,  Dr. Washington Hill, MD, FACOG, Ina May Gaskin, MA, CPM, Jennifer Highland, MPH, and Rep. Keith Fitzgerald, PhD, will review current trends in maternity care in Sarasota within the context of the U.S. and the world and will target paths to improving maternity care locally and nationwide. 

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NOW Launches Action-Oriented Blog on Women's Equality Day

"These splendid people are hungry, hungry. Oh, for more power to give out the truth!"
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, 1875

The National Organization for Women is proud to celebrate Women's Equality Day this year by launching Say It, Sister! — a new blog designed to inform, inspire and instigate feminist activism. Check it out and add your comments to the articles there.

The NOW blog is located at

NOW's Mission Statement:

NOW's goal has been to take action to bring about equality for all women. NOW works to eliminate discrimination and harassment in the workplace, schools, the justice system, and all other sectors of society; secure abortion, birth control and reproductive rights for all women; end all forms of violence against women; eradicate racism, sexism and homophobia; and promote equality and justice in our society. NOW takes action to bring women as a class into the mainstream of society rather than offering aid to individual women in achieving personal solutions or temporary relief from oppression.

NOW seeks a diverse membership. No one is denied full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or class.

Are you on FaceBook?
Join our cause on the Sarasota Manatee NOW FaceBook page.

Missed the most recent broadcast of Women's News on WSLR's Women Matters? Read a transcript of the news on the Women's News site. Of course you can always listen to the show archives as well.

Sarasota-Manatee NOW Blog site
We now have a Blog for those that would like to join us. To use the blog, a MySpace membership is required. It is free and when you go to the above link, if you are not a member, it will offer an you opportunity to join.

Yahoo-Group Page:
We've created a Yahoo-Group page for local members. To join, merely click the link and sign on. A Group is like a bulletin board where members can post messages, photos and files. signup is free and easy.
Click here to join Sarasota-Manatee-NOW
Click to join the Sarasota-Manatee-NOW Yahoo Group

Chapter FL0345 Monthly Calendar (click here)

NOW calendar

See what's happening. There are a number of upcoming activities, do check the calendar for specific information! Sometimes the calendar link can be a bit slow to respond. Clicking on it a second time does no harm and sometimes will cause it to hurry up.  January-March is a very busy period, so check back often.  

If you have an event to add, please send it to:

 Chapter email address or Webmaster.

Directions to NOW Monthly Meeting:

Take the Fruitville Rd exit (Exit 210) and go West towards the beaches for about 5 miles, cross Route 301, and then take a left on Central Ave. The second right is First St. and the large white building is the Selby Library. There is a two-hour parking limit in the parking lot, most attendees prefer to find a parking spot on the street, or at the city parking garage (free) nearby.

NOW Chapter FL0345 Officers and contact info:

Click here to go to the officer listing page.


Phone: (800) 301-8604

NOW Chapter FL0345 By-Laws (click here)

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