CNY NOW Chapter Meetings

Our next regularly scheduled CNY NOW Chapter Meeting will occur on April 4, 2023. The CNY NOW Chapter meets virtually on the 1st Tuesday of each month. Meeting time is 6 p.m. If you would like to attend our next meeting, please send an email to for meeting location information.



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Upcoming Events

ERA Centennial March & Rally ERA Centennial March & Rally – Save The Date! – 100 Years & Still Marching …. July 21, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.

We are excited to share plans for our ERA Centennial March and Rally, hosted by Women March In Seneca Falls (WMISF), the Central New York National Organization of Women ( NOW), the Rochester NOW, the Women’s Institute for Leadership and Learning (WILL Seneca Falls) and Equal Rights Action, on July 21, 2023 at 5 PM at the First Presbyterian Church of Seneca Falls, located at 23 Cayuga Street. The ERA Centennial March and Rally is the culminating event on day one of the ERA Centennial Convention, occurring the same weekend, Friday, July 21 & 22nd, 2023. The ERA Centennial Convention is an intergenerational convening on the exact 100 year anniversary of the ERA in Seneca Falls. Make sure you check in here to let us know you are going and visit the event page for the ERA Centennial Convention at

Past Events

Join us for a viewing of the documentary “Connie Cook,” on March 5, 2023!

As one of only three women in the New York State Assembly in the 1960s and 70s, Connie Cook led extraordinary efforts — against the odds — to create change within a male-dominated government. As a Republican Assemblywoman for New York’s 125th District, she sought equality and fought for women’s rights. She authored legislation in 1970 that decriminalized abortion in New York State, which paved the way for Roe Vs. Wade in 1973.

Connie Cook — pilot, legislator, advocate and attorney — was indeed a woman ahead of her time. This interview-driven documentary chronicles her life, her contributions to politics, and her fight for women’s rights. Many changes in American life came about because of Connie’s drive, determination, and humanitarianism. Her work inspired many, and her story inspires us all.

The film was made by Sue Perlgut and Nils Hoover.

Please join us for a showing of this documentary on SUNDAY, MARCH 5, 2023 AT 3 PM – 5 PM at the Auburn Public Theatre, 8 Exchange Street, Auburn, NY.

The event is free and open to the public. A talk back with filmmakers and bar service will follow the event.

Sponsored by:

Central NY Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW)

Democratic Women of Cayuga County

Our January 3 meeting featured guest speaker Dr. Chloe Schwenke speaking about LGBTQIA inclusion issues. 

Dr. Chloe Schwenke

She is an ethicist, LGBTQI+ diversity and inclusion expert, gender equality specialist, public policy advisor, educator, author, and researcher, with extensive senior level leadership experience in academia, government, non-profit, and for-profit organizations. She formerly served as the first (and to date, only) openly transgender senior political appointee at the US Agency for International Development, under the administration of President Barack Obama. She is now the founder and president of a nonprofit organization – the Center for Values in International Development – that brings applied ethics practices to improve humanitarian response and international development outcomes. Her organization works with clients such as Save the Children, Counterpart International and The Carter Center.

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