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Judy Goldsmith is an American feminist, academic, and activist. She served as president of the National Organization for Women (NOW) from 1982 to 1985, which at the time was the largest feminist organization in the United States; prior to this she was an English professor.Goldsmith also served as an honorary board member of the Veteran Feminists of America, whose headquarters are based in Phoenix, Arizona.
Early life and education
Goldsmith was born in Wisconsin. After her parents divorced her mother worked in factories for twenty-five years to support her five children. After completing high school Goldsmith received a scholarship and went on to graduate from college. 
In 1982 while Goldsmith was head of the NOW, the organization succeeded in increasing the number of women serving in state legislatures. Goldsmith advocated a more partisan direction for the formerly more inclusive NOW and adopted liberal positions on issues such as Reaganomics. During the same year, NOW controversially endorsed Frank Lautenberg, the male Democratic Senate opponent of New Jersey's Republican feminist Congresswoman, Millicent Fenwick, due to Fenwick's support of Reagan's economic agenda despite her pro-women's rights stances. Lautenberg defeated Fenwick by a narrow margin. Goldsmith believed that much discrimination had roots in economics and survival issues. During her tenure she also worked with Coretta Scott-King on the 1983 march commemorating the 20th anniversary of the historic "March on Washington" by Martin Luther King, Jr.
After her tenure as President of NOW she served in various leadership positions, including Dean of the University of Wisconsin–Fond du Lac, retiring in 2002, though she remains active. Today, the University awards the "Judy Goldsmith Young Woman Leadership Award" in her honor.
- "Celebrating Our Presidents: Judy Goldsmith,1982-1985 (Profile)". NOW website.
- "History". Veteran Feminists of America.
- "Judy Goldsmith Young Woman Leadership Award" (PDF). University of Wisconsin–Fond du Lac website.
|President of the National Organization for Women
1982 - 1985
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