NC NOW had an exciting state conference on Oct 10, 2015. We hold these annual conferences for a few reasons. State conferences are where we elect our state officers, but also, where NOW members and other feminists gather to get organized and motivated to do the work that we do. That is work that we love to do!
Our theme, “Focusing Women’s Power NOW!” is a call to action! Also a reminder that our actions do make a difference. We are focusing women’s power by doing education on issues + taking action = social change. Our planned morning session included panels on progress and issues on 6 topics – racism, economic security, reproductive rights, Violence Against Women, LGBTTQQIIA, and ERA. Our afternoon session included workshops on working with the media, helping good people get elected, and planning actions. See the agenda, biographies and more in the NC_NOW_program_2015.
Our great speakers inspired us. Congresswoman Alma Adams was our keynote speaker, with her history of advocating for women and girls, and her DECADES of service to North Carolina, from local school board to Congress! Her keynote speech was titled “”Focusing Our Power: Poised to Regroup and Re-claim.” Read Congresswoman Adams’ speech at Congresswoman Adams Keynote for NC NOW 2015
Dean Suzanne Reynolds, the first women to lead Wake Forest University’s School of Law, spoke on Violence Against Women.
NC Justice Center’s policy analyst Tazra Mitchell updated us on economic security at the conference. Shannah Sayers from ReproJustice NC talked about Reproductive Justice. Triad NOW President Audrey Muck moderated both panels.
See Tazra Mitchell’s presentation at “Stacking the Deck Against Tarheel Women, on Economic Security.”
NC NOW’s VP of Political Action, Robin Davis, summarized the legislative session, which she had been tracking in weekly legislative updates. We had many more great speakers.
Read more about the conference including some quotes in the Winston-Salem Chronicle article “Statewide meeting focuses on ‘Women’s Power NOW’” at http://www.wschronicle.com/2015/10/statewide-meeting-focuses-womens-power-now/
NC NOW President Gailya Paliga was interviewed by Time Warner Cable. Find that at http://www.twcnews.com/nc/triad/news/2015/10/10/nc-now-annual-conference-held-in-winston-salem.html
All photos taken by Gailya Paliga unless otherwise noted.