Another Louisiana woman is president of national NOW!

From: Charlotte
Sent on: Sunday, June 21, 2009 11:06 PM
NOW-LA Congratulates Terry O'Neill on Winning Position of National NOW


NOW Activists Elect New President Terry O'Neill to Succeed Kim Gandy.

June 20, 2009

This weekend members of the National Organization for Women (NOW) cast their
votes for a new team of leaders to direct the largest grassroots feminist
organization in the country over the next four years. NOW delegates elected
former New Orleanian Terry O'Neill, who served as the national group's
membership vice-president from 2001 to 2005, to succeed President Kim Gandy,
also a former Louisiana NOW leader.

Gandy will retire from her office on July 20 due to the organization's term
limits; she has been a leader in NOW for 36 years, with 22 years of service at
the national level, including the last eight as president.

"NOW is the organization that fights for the rights of all women no matter the
circumstances of their birth, their race or sexual orientation, no matter if
they live in poverty or are trying to escape violence," said NOW President-Elect
Terry O'Neill.

"My experience with domestic violence as an abused wife left me humiliated and
embarrassed. I only began to talk about this publically five years ago as I
realized that to keep quiet was to continue the abuse. I want to empower women
and telling my story does just that. Women are fed up with persistent inequality
and are ready for change. I am honored and eager to lead NOW in making that

O'Neill cut her political teeth working to defeat David Duke's gubernatorial
campaign in Louisiana. She also served as the president of New Orleans NOW from
[masked] and as the president of Louisiana NOW from 1996-1998.

As an attorney, she served a clerkship at the U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago
before practicing law in New Orleans. She taught at the University of California
Davis Law School and Tulane Law School. Currently, she is chief of staff to a
Montgomery County (Md.) councilmember whose successes include a transgender
equality law and Maryland's first Family Justice Center for survivors of
domestic violence. O'Neill's national positions also include executive director
of the National Council of Women's Organizations.

The other members of O'Neill's team are Bonnie Grabenhofer of IL, taking on the
position of executive vice president; Erin Matson of MN, serving as action vice
president; and Allendra Letsome of MD, incoming membership vice president.

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