NOW members told The Daily Beast they were shocked when BJ Star, a current board member, identified herself as Asian-American in campaign materials.
According to emails obtained by The Daily Beast, Star personally told at least one woman that she intended to run as a woman of color.
As a result, nine board members and the majority of NOW’s state presidents have called for Van Pelt’s resignation.
If Star identifies as a woman of color, she could be slotted into the extra board seat even if she loses her campaign.
In emails about the issue obtained by The Daily Beast, one board member wrote, “So suddenly we no longer believe women of color?