Terry O'Neill, a feminist attorney, professor, and activist for social justice, was elected president of NOW in June 2009. She is also president of the NOW Foundation and chair of the NOW Political Action Committees, and serves as the principal spokesperson for all three entities. O’Neill oversees NOW’s multi-issue agenda, which includes advancing reproductive freedom, promoting diversity and ending racism, stopping violence against women, winning lesbian rights, ensuring economic justice, ending sex discrimination and achieving constitutional equality for women.
The Alice S. and Peter H. Rossi Lecture series was established to honor these distinguished academics who taught in the Sociology Department at UMass Amherst for many years. Among their many national accomplishments, Alice Rossi was one of the original founders of the National Organization for Women, and Peter is the namesake of The Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management's award for exemplary contributions in program evaluation.