For decades Kim Gandy had been an advocate for women’s advancement, particularly in the areas of legislative reform, violence against women, abortion and reproductive rights, family law and social security. In October 2012 The National Network to End Domestic Violence announced that Gandy would be their new President and CEO.
In 2001, Gandy was elected President and CEO of the National Organization for Women (NOW), the largest and most visible feminist organization in the United States; she also served as Chair of NOW’s Political Action Committees. Gandy was a key organizer of the 2004 March for Women’s Lives, which brought over 1.15 million activists to the National Mall in support of women’s access to abortion, birth control and reproductive health care, and was also a core organizer of NOW’s 1989 and 1992 Marches for Women’s Lives. In the legislative arena, Gandy served on the drafting committees for two groundbreaking federal laws: the Civil Rights Act of 1991, which gave women the right to a jury trial and monetary damages in cases of sex discrimination and sexual harassment, and the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act, which has dramatically decreased the daily violence at abortion clinics.
In addition to her NOW role, Gandy is a member of the Executive Committee of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the Board of Directors of Legal Momentum, and the Board of Directors of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition. She also serves on the Advisory Board of Ms. Magazine and as co-chair of the Social Security Task Force of the National Council of Women’s Organizations.
Prior to taking on a national post at NOW, Gandy was a Senior Assistant District Attorney and a trial lawyer in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she was a women’s rights leader and active in state and local politics. In 1991 she directed the WomenElect 2000 Project, a nine-month grassroots organizing and women in politics recruiting effort in Louisiana – which tripled the number of women in the legislature, and turned out the women's vote to elect the first woman Lieutenant Governor and to defeat former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke for governor.
In 1981, she founded the Louisiana Women's Lobby Network, serving as its director for several years. During that time she drafted several successful state bills, including the Louisiana Child Support Enforcement Act, which was used as model state legislation by the National Conference of State Legislators. Gandy also drafted Louisiana's first Domestic Abuse Assistance Act, and was a founding director of the Metropolitan Battered Women's Program, which provided crisis intervention and an innovative "second-stage" shelter.
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