In connection with the UN International Women’s Year, the U.S. government sponsored a National Women’s Conference in Houston, Texas, in 1977.
Some 20,000 women participated in this event.
The group called for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment and voiced its commitment to the rights of both people of color and lesbians.
As a symbolic gesture, a lighted torch was passed woman to woman from Seneca Falls in New York to Houston, a distance of 2,600 miles.
In 1972 congresswomen Bella Abzug and Shirley Chisholm, feminists Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem, and others formed the National Women’s Political Caucus to push for more political representation for women.
On August 26, 1970, the 50th anniversary of women’s suffrage, NOW sponsored Women’s Strike for Equality, with demonstrations across the country.
In New York about 50,000 women marched down Fifth Avenue to call for an end to the discrimination women still faced.