NAPW in New York Times, Honored at Ms. Foundation Event
On Wednesday night, NAPW was recognized by the Ms. Foundation for Women, along with Sisterhood Mobilized for AIDS Research and Treatment (SMART) and FIERCE, the only membership-based organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth of color in the country.
The event, co-hosted by Gloria Steinem, Caroline's comedy-club owner Caroline Hirsch and Ms. Foundation President and CEO, Sara K. Gould, was an evening of sisterly fun and celebration as prominent comedians, such as Suzanne Whang, host of HGTV's House Hunters, serving as event Emcee, Kristen Schaal, well-known "Senior" Women's Correspondent for the Daily Show, and Marina Franklin, of Chapelle's Show fame, to name a few, engaged the audience with sharp comedy smartly presented in a feminist context. "The need for humor and hope to spur us on," according to Ms. Foundation President Sara K. Gould, "has never been greater."
At the event, Ms. Gould specifically mentioned Ms. Foundation supported efforts to stop the Colorado ballot measure. This measure would amend the state constitution to include as full legal persons, "any human being from the moment of fertilization" and would give the fertilized "inalienable rights, equality of justice and due process of law." Two of the Ms. Foundation's granttees, NAPW and Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR), have been working hard to challenge this amendment and to bring attention to the fact that,if adopted, it would not only create the basis for outlawing abortion, but would also hurt pregnant women going to term. In fact, yesterday the New York Times published a letter from NAPW explaining how Colorado, South Dakota and California's ballot measures on "abortion" are in fact assaults on the human rights of all pregnant women.
NAPW is extremely grateful for the support we receive from the Ms. Foundation and for all of the support that enables us to work at both the national and local levels to advance the interests of all pregnant women.