Kim Gandy was re-elected to her second term as President of the
National Organization for Women (NOW) on July 3, 2005. She was first
elected President in 2001, after serving as Executive Vice President
since 1991 and National Secretary from 1987 to 1991.
As President of NOW, Gandy also chairs NOW's Foundation and Political
Action Committees and serves as the organization's principal spokesperson.
Gandy oversees NOW's initiatives and campaigns, including: NOW's
Women-Friendly Workplace campaign; the Campus Action Network, Young
Feminist Task Force, Racial Diversity Program, Save the Courts Initiative
and Equal Marriage Campaign.
During her first presidential term, Gandy was one of the lead organizers
of The March for Women's Lives in 2004. Gandy was a key organizer
of the 1989 and 1992 marches, and her expertise in mass actions ensured
that 1.2 million activists made the 2004 march for women's reproductive
freedom the largest and most diverse grassroots mobilization in our
Gandy also launched a nationwide campaign to educate women on the
dangers of Social Security privatization. She was at the center of
the first anti-privatization coalition, formed in 2004 with a small
cadre of progressive organizations.
In her second term Gandy is focusing on the Supreme Court, including
the battle over George W. Bush's court nominees. As the leader of
a multi-issue organization, Gandy recognizes the broad impact the
Supreme Court has on reproductive rights, affirmative action, sex
and race discrimination, violence against women, family and medical
leave, lesbian rights and other civil rights protections.
During the 2004 election cycle, Gandy placed political organizers
in nine key states to turn out the women's vote, and ran campaigns
across the country and in targeted states, resulting in over 7 million
voter contacts. She led NOW's "Women Vote" effort, organizing
voter registration drives in key states, registering thousands of
women and giving visibility to NOW PAC efforts across the country.
Since 1991, Gandy has led the fight against anti-abortion terrorists
in NOW v. Scheidler, the landmark racketeering case against clinic
violence. The case, in litigation for two decades, reached the Supreme
Court for the third time in November 2005.
A long-time activist, Gandy has served NOW at the local, state and
national level since 1973, including three years as Louisiana NOW
President. She was elected to the NOW National Board in 1982 and
held the position of Mid-South Regional Director for four years before
being elected to national office. In 1991 Gandy directed the WomenElect
2000 Project, a nine-month grassroots organizing and recruiting effort
in Louisiana which tripled the number of women in the legislature,
and elected the state's first woman Lieutenant Governor. 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
Gandy graduated from Louisiana Tech University in 1973 with a B.S.
in mathematics. Her NOW involvement inspired her to attend law school,
and she received her law degree in 1978 from Loyola University School
of Law, where she was a member of the Loyola Law Review and the National
Moot Court Team. Gandy went on to serve as a Senior Assistant District
Attorney in New Orleans, and later opened a private trial practice,
litigating countless cases seeking fair treatment for women.
Currently, she resides in Silver Spring, Md., with her husband Dr.
Christopher "Kip" Lornell, an ethnomusicologist and part-time
Professor of Music at George Washington University. They have two
daughters, Elizabeth Cady Lornell and Katherine Eleanor Gandy.