What actions does the National Organization for Women take to try to influence policy and public agenda? 

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The National Organization for Women, like most interest groups, engages in a variety of actions to try to influence the government.  Among these are such activities as:

  • Encouraging people to put pressure on Congress to act in certain ways on a given piece of legislation.  This is a classic "outside game" action because it involved trying to get the public to make its opinions known to government.
  • Endorse and work to elect candidates sympathetic to their views.  NOW donates money to candidates and helps their candidacies by doing such things as providing volunteers.
  • Lobbying.  This is the classic "inside game" thing for an interest to do.  NOW lobbyists speak directly to legislators to try to persuade them to vote to support NOW's agenda.
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