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Karen DeCrow dies at 76; NOW leader in 1970s
Karen DeCrow dies at 76; NOW leader in 1970s

Activist and civil rights lawyer Karen DeCrow, who led the National Organization for Women in the 1970s, died Friday at her home near Syracuse, N.Y. She was 76. Longtime friend Rowena Malamud said the cause of death was melanoma. As president of NOW from 1974 to 1977, DeCrow pressured government agencies and corporations to hire more women and called on the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to investigate gender discrimination. She pressed Ivy League schools to bring in more female students and NASA to include more women in the space program. Malamud, the president of NOW's Greater Syracuse chapter, called DeCrow "a hero and a guide." "Together, with...