Laurie Young is the Executive Director of the Older Women’s League (OWL), a grassroots feminist organization that claims to focus on issues of importance to the more than 58 million American women aged 40 and over. Founded in 1980, OWL is comprised of 73 state and local chapters nationwide. According to OWL, the organization’s 15,000 members consist of “women and men of all ages dedicated to winning economic, health, and social equity for midlife and older women.” The majority of these members are women over the age of 60; many of them are labor union retirees. Through advocacy initiatives, public outreach programs, and education campaigns, OWL claims to be “the voice of midlife and older women.” In practice, however, OWL is the voice of bigger government, higher taxes, unfettered access to taxpayer-funded abortion-on-demand.
One of OWL’s major agendas is to increase Social Security benefits for women, while adamantly opposing Social Security privatization. Of this objective, Young stated in 2004, “Once again Social Security and Medicare are under attack from those who would like to see these programs replaced by personal savings accounts and health savings accounts… Instead of trying to scare the American people into believing Social Security and Medicare are unstable programs on the verge of collapse, we should focus on the disastrous effects of making tax-cuts permanent.”
During the run-up to the 2004 presidential election, OWL weighed in on the issue of same-sex marriages, admonishing the Bush Administration for “wast[ing] time arguing over the necessity of amending the United States Constitution to restrict the rights of American citizens.” Said Young, “This amendment will only create a greater cultural divide in this country, playing to irrational fears and bigotry. The time has come for patriots who embrace diversity and inclusion to voice their concerns to their elected Congressional Representatives.”