Encyclopedia of Big Data

Living Edition
| Editors: Laurie A. Schintler, Connie L. McNeely

National Organization for Women

Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-32001-4_142-1

The National Organization for Women (NOW) is an American feminist organization that is the grassroots arm of the women’s movement and the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States. Since its founding in 1966, NOW has engaged in activity to bring about equality for all women. NOW has been participating in recent dialogues to identify how common big data working methods lead to discriminatory practices against protected classes including women. This entry discusses NOW’s mission and issues related to big data and the activities NOW has been involved with to end discriminatory practices resulting from the usage of big data.

As written in its original statement of purpose, the purpose of NOW is to take action to bring women into full participation in the mainstream of American society, exercising privileges and responsibilities in completely equal partnership with men. NOW strives to make change through a number of activities including lobbying, rallies, marches, and...

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Further Readings

  1. Big data: Seizing opportunities, preserving values. (2014). Washington, DC: The White House. www.whitehouse-gov/sites/default/files/docs/big-data-privacy-report-5.1.1.14-final-print.pdf. Accessed 7 Sep 2014.
  2. Eubanks, V. (2014). How big data could undo our civil-rights laws. The American Prospect. www.prospect.org/article/how-big-data-could-undo-our-civil-rights-laws. Accessed 7 Sep 2014.
  3. Gangadharan, S. P. (2014). The dangers of high-tech profiling, using big data. The New York Times. www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/204/08/06/Is-big-data-spreading-inequality/the-dangers-of-high-tech-profiling-using-big-data. Accessed 5 Sep 2014.
  4. NOW website. (2014). Who we are. National Organization for Women. http://now.org/about/who-we-are/. Accessed 2 Sep 2014.
  5. The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. (2014). Civil rights principles for the era of big data. www.civilrights.org/press/2014/civil-rights-principles-big-data.html. Accessed 7 Sep 2014.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital AccessWashingtonUSA