Coronavirus Pandemic Situation Exposes Issues for Women

Many women are living on the edge, living hand to mouth, or barely surviving and coronavirus shutdown is exposing their vulnerability. These articles explore 4 issue areas. 1. For abused women and children, the lockdown can cause a powderkeg of violence, because they have lost the relative safety and time away at work and school. 2.The lockdown aspect puts additional strain on existing inequalities in responsibilities of home, work and children. 3.Undocumented Immigrants Face Coronavirus, Job Loss With No Safety Net. 4. Some conservatives who believed the pandemic was a hoax focused on shutting down abortion clinics as ‘nonessential.’ How wrong they are.

 

1. “For Abused Women, a Pandemic Lockdown Holds Dangers of Its Own,” 3/24/20, New York Times

The coronavirus shut in situation is exacerbating domestic violence situations.

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Coronavirus Exposes Unemployment Benefit Cruelty, Worse Burden on Women

The coronavirus is a catastrophe for low paid workers. With women filling the majority of these jobs, the tragedy of unemployment and the lack of adequate unemployment insurance will fall disproportionately on them.

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Take Action Urging NC leadership to Expand Medicaid ASAP (2020)

Rural hospitals are cutting services and even worse, closing. Billions of dollars meant to support health care in NC have been sent to other states, to those states smart enough to take advantage of great deal to expand Medicaid. Stop hurting NC’s people and economy, Senator Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore. Expand Medicaid NOW! The Coronavirus is exposing how close to the edge many people live with no savings and no health care and so many jobs lost or suspended during the pandemic. More people will die because local hospitals have closed, hospitals that expanding Medicaid would have supported.

NC NOW is sharing Health Action NC’s  letter to the NCGA leadership and Governor Cooper to close the coverage gap in NC by expanding Medicaid. 158 orgs, business owners and associations  signed on in a matter of days.  You can sign a petition urging NC Legislature to Expand Medicaid as an Emergency Response to coronavirus COVID-19.

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Cavalier: MMIW Speech: Enough Finger Pointing, Start Fixing It

Crystal Cavalier traveled from Robeson County to speak on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women at the 2020 Raleigh Women’s March. Here is her speech. She is willing and able to speak more on this topic.

Crystal Cavelier on MMIW, Photo Credit: Kevin A. Smith

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Women and Allies Tell Government to Punish Femicide in Mexico! 3/2020

Mexican women and allies tell Government to do more to stop the killing of women (femicide). Women across Mexico stayed home on Monday, 3/9/20, as part of a 24-hour strike called ‘Day Without Women‘ to protest exploding levels of murder of women and girls in Mexico. The strike was one day after International Women’s Day on Sunday, 3/8/20, when some 80,000 women marched in Mexico City to protest gender killings and sexual abuse. Women in Raleigh had their own rally at the Mexican Consulate on Friday, 3/6/20.

Martha Hernandez talks about femicide in Mexico, and about Mexican Consulate not meeting with Mexicans about this. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

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Announcement: NOW PAC Endorses Elizabeth Warren! (3/2/20)

Exciting news! The National NOW PAC has endorsed Elizabeth Warren for President of the United States of America!

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38 States Ratified ERA, Now What (2020)?

The ERA billboards that were posted around North Carolina last year are still true – 4.2 million women live in North Carolina. Zero have equal rights.


Counting girls as well as women, the statement becomes “5.2 million women and girls live in NC. Zero have equal rights.”

Thanks to women in Virginia, 38 of 38 states needed have ratified the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) as of January 2020, and there have been developments on a few fronts. Here is a review and an update on what is happening now. For more about why we need ERA, see Simple Justice, Long Overdue.

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Ten Exceptional Local CH/Durham Women Honored by NOW (2/29/20)

Ten exceptional local women from Chapel Hill and Durham are being honored by NOW for their contributions to their communities in an exhibit which will be traveling around the area. Each woman is honored on her own poster which includes picture and story. The posters are being displayed for the first time at the opening reception on 2/29/20. This is Chapel Hill NOW and Durham NOW’s NC2020 project (for centennial commemoration of the 19th amendment). The opening reception was at the Chapel Hill Library on Saturday, 2/29/20.  Honorees attended the event and got a chance to speak.

Reception around 1pm. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

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Snowstorm Couldn’t Stop 21st Annual SBA Event (2/20/20)

A snowstorm couldn’t stop the Fayetteville NOW members from having their 21st annual Fayetteville NOW Susan B. Anthony event celebrating local feminists. The feminists they celebrate are usually women but have been men as well. The 2020 Susan B. Anthony Birthday Celebration event honored Sylvia Gooding Ray, founder of Center for Empowerment and Development (CEED) and former Fayetteville NOW chapter president. 

Photo Credit: Fayetteville NOW

Fayetteville NOW President Roberta Waddle said, “Sylvia was charming as was her daughter.”

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Will SCOTUS Legislate From The Bench (2020)?

The Supreme Court of the United States, SCOTUS, is taking up some crucial cases, and the fear is they will reverse precedent and legislate from the bench. If they do this, it would be up to Congress to fix, if and when they are able. Fear of an out of control SCOTUS is why women and allies across the nation protested so mightily during the hearing of Brett Kavanaugh in summer and fall of 2018. See Stop Kavanaugh Events Around NC – starting 9/4/18  and other articles on protests before and during Kavanaugh trial. NOW, SCOTUS seems to be going after not just women’s right to reproductive access but also fair treatment of LGBTQUI people and also city government’s ability to make their own policies. 

The case that first got my attention is the Louisiana anti-abortion case described at Dangerous Times: SCOTUS to Revisit Roe v. Wade starting March 4, 2020, but there are more. Reproductive access and fairness for LGBTQUI people are top issue for NOW members.

#SaveScotus event in Raleigh on 7/10/18 Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

 

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