Monthly Archives: February 2015

Fearless Carla Cunningham and Introduction of ERA in NC

ERA is in the air,” according to Gailya Paliga, President of the NC National Organization for Women.

The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is the topic of a new book – “Equal Means Equal, Why the Time for an Equal Rights Amendment Is NOW” by Jessica Neuwirth in 2015.

Oscar winning actress Patricia Arquette used part of her acceptance speech to push for women’s equality Sunday night, February 22, 2015. Women “have fought for everybody else’s equal rights.  It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States of America!” she announced.

And the introduction of ERA in NC was big news at NC Women United’s Women’s Advocacy Day reception on Monday night, February 23, 2015.  Rep. Carla Cunningham (D -Mecklenburg) announced that a joint resolution calling for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the U. S. Constitution was being introduced in NC’s House and Senate! 

Continue reading


Snow cancels women’s events this week

Two snowstorms this week are wreaking havoc on planned women’s events (and our lives!).   NC Women United’s Women’s Advocacy Day had to be cancelled on Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015 due to an unexpected snowstorm that caught even the weather forecasters by surprise.  In fact, roads weren’t brined and schools weren’t cancelled until after the school busses were en route on Tuesday morning. 

The cancellation came after an exciting reception on Monday night, Feb 23, in which Rep. Carla Cunningham (D -Mecklenberg) announced that an ERA resolution would be introduced soon in the N.C. House of Representatives. Cunningham is one of the primary sponsors in the House.  Read more about this event at

Fayetteville NOW had to postpone their annual Susan B. Anthony event, which had been scheduled for Thursday evening, February 26, 2015.  Their event is listed at

Both events will be rescheduled.

Safety of abortion and status of clinic access in NC

Some people are surprised to learn how many women get abortions in the US and how safe getting an abortion actually is.  Also, abortion has been accessible in North Carolina (mostly in urban areas) with less interference through 2011. What do you know about the increase in interference with women, doctors and abortion increasing in NC and the national trend?  Find something here.

One in Three women have an abortion by age 45

Most people aren’t aware how many women and girls have abortions in the US.

Continue reading

Public Town Hall Meeting on TPP and Fast Track in Fayetteville – 2/25/15

Public Town Hall Meeting in Fayetteville on the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement and ‘fast track’ing of this trade agreement. These trade agreements have been good for corporations but bad for regular people causing instability in some countries, and creating new danger for women in some countries.

Date: 2/25/15
Time: 6:30pm

NC NOW has been part of a coalition talking to our representatives about issues with this and other trade agreements.

Women’s Advocacy Day – Reception and Main Event


Don’t forget to pre-register. Links below.
The NC General Assembly (NCGA) is back in session, and it’s more important than ever for women to speak up against the Carolina ROLLBACK.  As veteran teachers continue to be short-shifted, and attacks on the UNC public university system are rampant! With this bi-annual Women’s Advocacy Day event, we’re making it easy to speak your mind, including some training to help you make your points.

More information on keynote speaker: 
Writer, film-maker and social justice organizer Dream Hampton is going to keynote the Women’s Advocacy Day event next Tuesday, but also will speak at an associated reception on Monday night. Hampton has written about music, culture and politics since 1990.  Read more about Hampton at

Continue reading

Good until 2011, when omnibus antiabortion bill was passed over veto

The number of states considered hostile to abortion skyrocketed from 2000 to 2014, as you can see in the infographic from Guttmacher Institute, at

North Carolina was doing fine through 2010.  When the conservatives took over the Legislature in 2011, women’s access to abortion was attacked in a severe way.  Somehow conservatives convinced a Republican woman to sponsor an omnibus bill interfering with access to abortion in many ways.  This bill sought to burden abortion doctors as well – giving the man who provided the sperm (be he husband, boyfriend, or rapist) legal standing to sue the abortion provider for performing an abortion!

Continue reading

The Economics of Education – Report on forum at NCCU on 2/3/15

I had attended a forum on ‘the economics of education’ which was held at NCCU in Durham on Tuesday, 2/3/15.  4 school district superintendents talked about their schools, funding and the state of public education in their districts and around the state.

The main message for me is ‘Our children and our teachers deserve better’.

The disparity in per pupil spending is ASTOUNDING!! Ranging from $4100 per pupil spending in Chapel Hill (last year) to $328 per pupil in Wayne County. Seriously.

Continue reading