NOW is the largest organization of feminist
activists in the United States. The South Bay Chapter was founded in 1970, followed by the San José Chapter in 1972. The San
José Chapter absorbed the South Bay chapter in 1978, creating the San José/South Bay Chapter which operated until 2006. The
collection consists of administrative files, correspondence, publicity, outreach, publications, reports and photographs. It
is arranged into two series: Administrative Files, 1971-2007, and Outreach and Publicity, 1971-2005.
The National Organization for Women (NOW) was founded on June 30, 1966 during the "Third National
Conference of Commissions on the Status of Women." It was founded by Betty Friedan and twenty seven other women.
The organization swelled to 300 members by October 26, 1966, when NOW held its first conference,
where the statement of purpose was adopted. During this conference the structure of the organization was
created and Betty Friedan was elected president.
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