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JUNE 26, 1998
4:19 PM
CONTACT:  National Organization for Women
202-331-0066  202-785-8576 (fax)

NOW Conference Celebrates 150 Years Of Feminism
Develops Vision For Equality
WASHINGTON - June 26 - "The 1998 Women's Rights Convention and Vision Summit will not only celebrate 150 years of struggle for women's rights, we will also develop our vision for equality in the 21st Century and a strategy for getting there," said NOW President Patricia Ireland.

What:  NOW's annual national conference:

The 1998 Women's Rights Convention and Vision Summit The Vision Summit will go beyond immediate concerns and the conditions women face today.  Renewing the spirit of the first Women's Rights Convention at Seneca Falls in 1848, NOW members will develop a Declaration of Sentiments outlining NOW's vision for the organization and for women in the future.  This conference is the first step in a three year process that will carry NOW into the 21st Century.

Where: Four Points Hotel Rochester Riverside, Rochester, NY

When:  Friday, July 10 through Sunday, July 12, 1998

Confirmed speakers include:
Geraldine Ferraro, US Senate candidate for New York
Marcia Gillespie, editor-in-chief of Ms. Magazine
Patricia Ireland, NOW President
Betsy McCaughey Ross, candidate for governor of New York
Sonia Sanchez, American Book Award winning poet
Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority
Barbara Smith, co-founder Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press

Conference information can be found online at:


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