Best Cake Ever! And other highlights from ERA-NC event.

Not only is this cake beautiful, but it tasted amazingly good.  I don’t even like cake much in general.  But this beautiful cake, which sported the colors and the logo of the brand new ERA-NC Alliance group, was awesome!

Ketchie Creek Cake Photo Credit: Pat Sledge

It was served at the reception of our ERA-NC Alliance Launch event, “Why the ERA, Why NOW”?  The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution that would expressly prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex.  

The launch event, which included a press conference, a panel discussion, and a reception, was to celebrate a coalition of women’s groups and individuals who are formally working together to get the Equal Rights Amendment passed.  ERA-NC ALLIANCE is a non-partisan, lead organization of the National ERA Coalition.  See the program and the lead organization for the launch event at ERA-NC Commissioning Program 4-12-2016v4

The Press conference was led by Roberta Madden of RatifyERANC.  Our guest speaker was Dr. E. Faye Williams, National President and CEO of the National Congress of Black Women.  Our last speaker was Gailya Paliga, President of NC National Organization for Women.  See Paliga’s speech at “Why_we_need_the_ERA_and_why_we_need_it_now.”

Roberta Madden at ERA-NC Alliance Press Conference.  Dr. E Faye Williams and Gailya Paliga ready to go! Photo Credit: Diana Gray

A panel discussion “Why the ERA, Why Now?” was held at 3:30pm.  3:30 was the advertised time for the event, and the room filled up the rest of the way with students and mostly women from around the state.  Triad NOW President, Audrey Muck, moderated the panel, which included

Audrey Muck moderates panel at WFU. Photo Credit: Judy Lotas

Marena Groll pointed out that recent legislation like the discriminatory HB2 make the case for constitutional protection.  Groll said,

“It’s bad enough that it targets women with the restriction on minimum wage; women and racial minorities are minimum wage workers the state is willing to put at great risk. But it also restricts legal actions available to women who are discriminated against in the workplace.”

Dr. E. Faye Williams, President and CEO of the National Congress of Black Women, explained

Even though black and Latina women are more greatly undervalued when it comes to our pay, all women are undervalued in our society.  It’s time to change that now, and we want to be a part of making the necessary changes.

Roberta Madden said, “We are now on the brink of a national consensus that women and men must have equal rights.  The formation of the new ERA-NC Alliance is a sign that we will never, never, never give up.”  Roberta Madden and Marena Groll are is a co-chairs of the ERA-NC Alliance.

Dr. Anne Boyle, Professor of English and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Wake Forest University, hosted the event. 

Small part of the audience of the panel. Asheville lady in front is reading an NC NOW newsletter. Cindy Thomson from Charlotte NOW is in back. Photo Credit: Judy Lotas

Reporters from Camel City Dispatch wrote about the event in “North Carolina Group Joins Efforts to Revive the Equal Rights Amendment.”

ERA-NC Alliance Launch reception included women from all over the state. Photo Credit: Judy Lotas








Note: the sea green and blue of the highlights are the colors of the new ERA-NC logo.

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