She was prominent especially in the 1970s, having been president of NOW.
DeCrow was born Karen Lipschultz on Dec. 18, 1937. She grew up in Chicago, earned a degree in journalism from Northwestern University and attended a graduate journalism program and law school at Syracuse University. While a law student, she ran for mayor of Syracuse, the first mayoral campaign by a woman in the state._____
She joined NOW in 1967, inspired by the pay inequality she saw in her own workplace - an issue that continues to simmer four decades later. She joined the organization's national board a year later and remained there until becoming president.
DeCrow advocated state ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, passed by Congress in 1972, throughout her tenure and lamented each time a state legislature voted against it. She called a North Carolina defeat in 1977 "an absolute crisis" and said a loss in Florida evoked the "Old South."