The purpose of NOW-NJ is "to take action to bring women into full participation in the mainstream of American society now, exercising all privileges and responsibilities thereof in truly equal partnership with men. This purpose includes, but is not limited to, equal rights and responsibilities in all aspects of citizenship, public service, employment, education, and family life, and it includes freedom from discrimination because of race, ethnic origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or parenthood." NOW-NJ shall also have as its purpose to coordinate efforts on the state level, to provide communication among chapters and task forces, and to assist in the functioning of NOW in NJ.
With 10,000 members and allies, NOW-NJ is the largest democracy-based feminist organization in New Jersey. Our membership, voting annually at the state conference, is the supreme governing body of NOWNJ. Those members are part of localized state chapters and issue-oriented taskforces, from which NOW-NJ draws its broad grassroots strength. Every level of leadership is elected, and the NOW-NJ State Board is made up of 8 elected leaders plus representatives elected by the chapters. We are proud that the same people putting up the posters and engaging in local activism are the same people who serve on the NOWNJ State Board. As an all-volunteer organization that is funded entirely by the generousity of it's membership, NOW-NJ's issues and priorities are secure from being bullied or bought.
In addition to NOW-NJ and the local New Jersey Chapters, NOW-NJ has two sister organizations. NOW-NJ is affiliated with the NOW-NJ Foundation and the NOW-NJ PAC, two separately funded and self-governed organizations. The NOW-NJ Foundation is a 501c3 charitable public education organization and the NOW-NJ PAC is a political PAC that recruits and endorses in political campaigns and elections.