Indian River NOW

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Encompassing a large geographic area is difficult for volunteer organizations. The Indian River NOW chapter addressed this issue during the 1970s by assigning coordinators for different counties who would act as liaison for their respective areas. There were assigned coordinators for Martin and St. Lucie counties and these members were able to attend the annual state conference as other members in leadership positions.[1]

Name change

In 1973, St. Lucie County NOW (also commonly referred to as Martin St. Lucie County NOW) was renamed to Indian River NOW. Valerie Adams explained to State Coordinator Karen Coolman that "St. Lucie" wasn't an accurate name because many of their members came the Indian River area and Martin County.[2]


Women's Resource Center

Co-founded with the American Association of University Women and opened on April 5, 1975 in Stuart,[3] the Women's Resource Center was a community center that held resources and information about feminist issues for exchange between women. Open from 9-12 every Saturday morning, the Center lent materials and held discussion groups on issues such as "marriage counseling, divorce in Florida, working women, non-working women, and other topics of interest women."[4]