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National Organization for Women (NOW) July 15, 2021, Thursday, 6:00-8:00 pm. via Zoom, National Organization for Women (NOW)-Sonoma County Chapter


Dear Members and Friends

Join Us on July 15th 'for forging a union with purpose."

6:00–6:30 - Business Meeting
6:30–7:30 - Presentation by Ellen Snortland
7:30–7:50 - Q&A
You are encouraged to attend the business meeting. Check in a few minutes early so we can start promptly at 6:00.

Zoom Instructions:
Meeting ID: 828 4637 4496 Passcode: 035853
Phone in Numbers:
+1 669 900 9128 (San Jose)
Locations outside the United States

About our Presenter

Ellen SnortlandEllen Snortland’s work has been featured on NPR and Dateline NBC. Her
TEDxPasadena talk encapsulates decades of her self-defense advocacy: A long time women’s rights advocate, she has had a column in the Pasadena Weekly for decades. Her acclaimed one woman show, “Now That She’s Gone” is a memoir about growing up Norwegian American in Colorado and South Dakota staged at the Edinburgh and New York Fringe festivals. Snortland has attended United Nations world conferences and annual UN meetings as an NGO delegate, self-defense advocate and UN Press Corps credentialed journalist. “Beauty
Bites Beast,” a full length documentary feature based on her self-defense advocacy has screened all over the world including New York, Islamabad and Jerusalem. You can view the movie’s teaser here:
The Los Angeles Press Club awarded Best Column of 2018 to her. She is on many boards, local, national and global. She is a proud board member of the National Women’s History Alliance and Consumer Watchdog. She lives in Altadena, CA, USA, with her beloved husband and life partner, Ken
Gruberman and is the mother of two naughty dogs. Her web site is: .


NOW’s purpose is to take action through intersectional grassroots activism to promote feminist ideals, lead societal change, eliminate discrimination, and achieve and protect the equal rights of all women and girls in all aspects of social, political, and economic life. Come join our chapter serving California North of San Francisco!


2.  Ongoing Events

Donation Drive for the Houseless


3. Future Events

Monthly meetings are on the 3rd Thursday of the Month at 6:00 PM.


4. Recent Events

On Thursday, June 17, 2021, our chapter membership meeting was followed by presentations by Nancy Rogers on Juneteenth History and by
Karen Schneider on Pride Month History, and celebration of our outgoing President Elaine Holtz's 5 years of leading our Chapter.

Elaine B. Holtz

Elaine Holtz


On Thursday, March 18, 2021, our chapter membership meeting was followed by a special presentation by Lilith Rogers in her on-woman show Rachel Carson Returns. If you missed the presentation you can see it on YouTube at: .

       Silent Spring by Racheol Carson             Lilith Rogers

                                                                                                Lillith Rogers


On Thursday, February 18, 2021, we had 60 participants at our Zoom meeting, and each had some time to ask questions or make a statement.

Speakers at NOW Sonoma zoom Meeting 2/19/2021


Thursday, October 22, 2020, NOW (Sonoma County Chapter) hosted a Zoom Meeting to learn about Measure P on the November 3rd ballot. NOW Sonoma supported Measure P with an action.  See the Act page for the update on this successful action of its passage.


August 26, 2020 City of Sebastopol celebrates the 19th Amendment Centennial and Women's Equality Day.

City of Sebastopol Celebrates 19th Amendment Centennial and Women's Equality Day August 26, 202 City of Sebastopol Celebrates 19th Amendment Centennial and Women's Equality Day August 26, 2020









Thursday, August 13, 2020 from 6:30 to 8 PM NOW Sonoma presented a Special Members and Guests Online Zoom Meeting  featuring speakers Dr. Kim D. Hester Williams on African Women in the Suffrage Movement and Kolieka Seigle, NOW California President and Chair of the legislative arm of the CA NOW Political Action Committee who gave an update of NOW.


Friday, January 24, 2020 Reception, From Suffrage to #MeToo at Museum of Sonoma County. The museum exhibit continues until September 13, 2020.



From Suffrage to #MeToo at Museum of Sonoma County

Above: Museum Staffperson, Leslie Graves who coordinated Suffrage March to Reception, Molly Murphy MacGregor Co-founder of the National Women's History Alliance and Elaine B. Holtz.President of NOW Sonoma County.  Photo by Ken Norton.

From Suffrage to #MeToo at Museum of Sonoma County

Above: At the From Suffrage to #MeToo Exhibit, Elaine B. Holtz standing before a 1978 photo of her in the studio of Radio KBBF broadcasting the Women's Spaces Radio Show, the first Women's show in the County. Photo by Ken Norton.


Saturday, January 18, Women's March Santa Rosa, Old Courthouse Square. See the fb page for more photos:

Santa Rosa Women's March 2020

Above: Approximately 3000 were led into the streets to march at Women's March Santa Rosa 2020 in Downtown Santa Rosa, Pro Bono Photo by Bill Clark.

Santa Rosa Women's March 2020 NOW Booth staff

Above: Santa Rosa Women's March 2020 standing before the NOW Booth are staff Eileen Bill, Carolyn Gooding, Ken Norton and Elaine B. Holtz, who flank friends of NOW Katie Jensen and Susan Jensen in the middle.

Santa Rosa Women's March 2020 Prayer Chapel Singers

Above: Prayer Chapel Singers with President of NOW Sonoma Elaine B. Holtz and March Coordinator Leslie Graves celebrating after the Women's March 2020. Photo by Ken Norton


Sunday, August 25, 2019, Petaluma Progressive Festival hosted this year by Indivisible Petaluma, Walnut Park.

Petaluma Progressive Festival August 25, 2019

Ken Norton and Elain B. Holtz at the Women's Spaces and NOW booth at the Petaluma Progressive Festival on August 25, 2019.  Photo by - 2019 Photo by Nichole Perry


Friday July 12, 2019, 5 to 7 pm, Rally on Migrant Detention, Santa Rosa Old Courthouse Square

Miigrant Detention Rally in Santa Rosa

Eileen Bill and Elaine B. Holtz, NOW members, at the Rally protesting the Detention of Migrants.                                                                                     2019 Photo by Ken Norton.


Miigrant Detention Rally in Santa Rosa

Rally protesting the Detention of Migrants.         2019 Photo by Ken Norton.


Miigrant Detention Rally in Santa Rosa

 Robin Latham, Alicia Sanchez,with Granddaughter,Vida, Elaine B. Holtz, and Therese Mughannam at the Rally protesting the Detention of Migrants.        2019 Photo by Ken Norton.


Click Here to download the pdf of the notes from the first meeting on August 29, 2018 facillated by Board of Supervisor Member Linda Hopkins.


Tuesday May 21, 2019, 5 to 7 pm, Stop the Bans Rally, Santa Rosa Old Courthouse Square

Elaine B. Holtz at the Stop the Bans Rally in Santa Rosa 5/21/2019

Elaine B. Holtz, President of NOW Sonoma, porotesting at the Stop the Bans Rally, May 21. 2019



Ken Norton, Webmaster of NOW Sonoma, protesting at the Stop the Bans Rally, May 21, 2019


January 19, 2019, Saturday, Women's March in Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa Women's March 2019

Elaine,B. Holtz, the President of NOW Sonoma County Chapter and the host of Women's Spaces, was honored to be one of the lead banner bearers, of the Santa Rosa Women's March 2019 which drew 4,500 marchers along with banner holders Dr. Jacqueline Lawrence of Legacy Showcase, her granddaughter Grace, Miss Sonoma County Tyler-Avery Lewis and Miss Sonoma County's Outstanding Teen, Pinkeo Phongsa.   .                                                                     2019 Photo by Leslie Graves.

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For more photos of the Santa Rosa March 2019 -Click Here.

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