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Boycott Ralph Lauren! Protest Negative Body Image in Advertising! – December 15th!


Next Tuesday December 15th at 4pm, we’re going to have a peaceful demonstration in front of the Ralph Lauren store in Chicago at 750 North Michigan Avenue.

Women, girls, men and some organizations will join us as we send the message to Ralph Lauren and the rest of the industry, no more advertising to women and girls the way that you’ve done in the past.

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October 24th – Chicago NOW Love Your Body Day Event!

Join us for Love Your Body Day on Saturday, October 24th at 11:00am. This year’s event will be held at the Phoenix Military Academy, 145 S Cambell Ave in Chicago. We will have the winners of the LYBD essay contest share their essays.

The topic of this year’s essay contest is “Body image and the media: Together we can fight the media’s harmful portrayal of women’s bodies by…” Everyday, we are exposed to thousand of commercials, advertisements, magazines, etc. that tell us our bodies aren’t good enough and are in need of constant improvement. The fashion, cosmetic, and diet industries have reduced women to body parts – legs, lips, breasts – that are airbrushed and retouched to meet an impossible standard; a standard most people will never attain, even with the “help” of all of the products that the industries want us to buy. Our goal is to engage young men and women in thinking critically about what they see in the media, how the images affect their own feelings and self-esteem, and what they think can be done to stop these negative influences. We are honored to have the group “Sisters Empowering Sisters” and a counselor from Phoenix Military Academy, Darci, to lead activities.

If you would like to attend Chicago NOW’s Love Your Body Day, or if you have any questions regarding the event, please email Jessica Brown jessica.brown.79@gmail.com

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Tonight! – Join Chicago NOW for a Documentary and Panel Discussion!

We will watch and Discuss America the Beautiful, a film by Darryl Roberts that examines America’s obsession with beauty and physical perfection. After the film Chicago NOW board members will participate in a panel discussion with Darryl Roberts, an Art Director from Playboy, and a District manager for Mary Kay.

Open Bar

$15 in Advance – $20 at the Door

Wednesday October 7th @ 7pm

AMC River East 2132 E. Illinois Street

For more information call 312-952-5110
Buy tickets here: http://www.mymartinimovie.com/home.php

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Today We Celebrate Women’s Equality Day

Today we celebrate the ratification of the 19th amendment that gave women the right to vote. Let’s all take a moment today to thank the women who came before us and made this day possible. This generation has been handed an amazing opportunity to live and work freely in this country.

But as we celebrate our foremothers, we must also carry on their work. In this country and around the world, gender discrimination is alive and well.

  • Women are paid 78 cents for every dollar earned by a man.
  • The U.S. has no guaranteed medical leave for childbirth
  • Women only make up 16% of our representatives in Congress
  • Abortion and contraceptives are constantly challenged by right wing state governments and religious extremists. Some states require women to view sonograms before an abortion. In Illinois a young woman’s parents must be notified before the procedure.
  •  Each and every day of our lives we are confronted by magazines, TV ads and movies that challenge our self esteem and our feelings of self worth so that we will buy their product.

This is only a fraction of the things we must continue to fight. So, today, let us be thankful, but let us also be vigilant of the rights we must protect and let us be active in the fight to obtain the rights that we deserve.

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