For Immediate Release
Mai Shiozaki, 202-628-8669, ext. 116; cell 202-641-1906
NOW Thanks Justice John Paul Stevens for 35 Years of Protecting Women's Rights
Statement of NOW President Terry O'Neill
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court will lose an influential member, and women will
lose a real champion when Justice John Paul Stevens retires at the end
of this session. Leaders and members of the National Organization for
Women will be sorry to see Justice Stevens go, and we thank him for
standing up for our rights for the last 35 years.
Since 1975, Justice Stevens has played a critical role in a number
of key Supreme Court decisions. Stevens was a consistent vote in
upholding Roe v. Wade, and he has supported affirmative action, LGBT rights and other principles of social justice.
NOW wishes Justice Stevens well in his retirement, and will honor
his many contributions at our national conference in Boston this July.
Finally, NOW is dedicated to achieving gender parity on the Supreme
Court, and we call on President Obama to nominate a woman to fill this
seat. The Supreme Court is out of balance, with women making up a mere
22 percent of the bench. That's simply not enough. Finding a qualified
woman is the easy part -- the only question is, how long will it take
for women to see themselves represented in equitable proportion on our
nation's highest court?
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The National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States. NOW has 500,000 contributing members and 550 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.