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Lawyer from Louisiana is elected president of NOW

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) — A Louisiana lawyer was elected president of the National Organization for Women early Sunday, the group said.

Kim Gandy, who has been a NOW officer for 14 years, was chosen by nearly 1,000 members of the feminist group at their convention in Philadelphia. She replaces Patricia Ireland, who is retiring next month after 10 years in office.

Gandy is a former senior assistant district attorney in New Orleans, where she worked on child sexual abuse and discrimination cases, NOW said.

"From the Bush administration's attacks on women's rights to preparing for a vacancy on the Supreme Court, NOW activists have our hands full protecting the advances we've made together over the past decades and moving forward on women's rights," Gandy said in a statement.