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Feminist organization that seeks “to tie academic feminism to activist feminism”
Supports big government, high taxes, military spending cuts, and increased social welfare spending
The National Council for Research on Women (NCRW) states that it is dedicated to promoting "visibility for feminist research and analysis," and to building "stronger links between research, policy, action, and the media." As the Capital Research Center's Guide to Feminist Organizations puts it, NCRW seeks "to tie academic feminism to activist feminism."
Founded in 1981, NCRW is an alliance of 92 women's research and policy centers, over 200 international centers, and more than 3,000 affiliate members. A member of the National Council of Women's Organizations, NCRW channels its efforts into a number of different programs designed to provide the media and the general public with information about women's issues. Among NCRW's positions are the following:
President Bush's tax cuts are unjust, having "mostly benefited the rich and not helped middle and lower income tax payers, who are disproportionately women."
"It isn't the amount of federal taxes that gets people angry -- it is the fairness point," said a featured speaker at NCRW's 2003 annual conference. "…[T]alking about what government provides and what your taxes pay for is clearly the key to turning this whole debate around."
American women are underrepresented in government.
Women in many other countries have greater influence on the political process than do their counterparts in the U.S.
Military spending should be cut drastically, and social welfare spending should be increased: "When money for the military is increased, programs that benefit women and families are often slashed.”
The quality of life for women in Iraq has worsened since the U.S. invasion of 2003.
On its website, NCRW makes available publications promoting the notion that the civil rights and liberties of American women are under constant assault. Among these publications are Slip Sliding Away: The Erosion of Hard-Won Gains for Women Under the Bush Administration; andBush's Other War: The Assault on Women's Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights.
Linda Basch has been the Executive Director of NCRW since 1996. Nine months after the 9/11 attacks, NCRW and Basch organized a three-day conference titled "Facing Global and National Crises: Women Define Human Security." The conference, which included academics, policymakers, and activists, explored "ways for easing tensions between America and people around the world who oppose the dominance of the only remaining superpower." Said Basch, "A new concept of human security is being used that shifts the notion of security of the nation to the idea of the protection, well-being and safety of people. We wanted to bring more of a gender lens to this issue." In attendance at the conference were anti-nuclear activist Helen Caldicott, Debra Schultz of George Soros'Open Society Institute, and Eleanor Smeal of the Feminist Majority Foundation.
Mariam Chamberlain, the founding President of NCRW, previously worked for three decades at the Ford Foundation, where she was a Program Assistant in the Economic Development and Administration Program, and a Program Officer in Education and Public Policy (where she helped develop the field of women's studies).