Fayetteville NOW and Quaker House celebrated Women’s Equality Day with an afternoon event at the Headquarters Library in Fayetteville. By mid program, the room was full of people, 8 local organizations were set up with information and staff, and we still had half the program to go! 60-70 people enjoyed a great afternoon Women’s Equality Day program in Fayetteville on Saturday, Aug 27, 2016. Topics included financial equality, voting issues and its impact on women and the Equal Rights Amendment. The event commemorated the 96th anniversary of the 19th amendment, which gave American women the right to vote. 2016 also marks the 50th anniversary of NOW, and NC NOW’s state president talked about how things were for women in 1966, and NOW’s history.
The struggle for women to vote did not end with the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment. “When the 19th Amendment was passed in 1920, it legally enfranchised all women, white and black. However, within a decade, state laws and vigilante practices effectively disenfranchised most black women in the South. It would take another major movement for voting rights – the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s – before black women in the South would be effectively enfranchised,” according to National Women’s History Museum.
Elyse Hamilton-Childres, the Southern Piedmont Region Director for the N.C. Council for Women, was the event’s keynote speaker. She was joined by local favorite and former mayor Val Applewhite, now working for Democracy North Carolina, and Marena Groll, an advocate for the Equal Rights Amendment and coordinator of NC4ERA. Germaine Terry from Fayetteville NOW was our Mistress of Ceremonies.
Representatives from all of the tabling organizations got an opportunity to address the group and talk about their organizations. The organizations are listed on the outside page of the event flyer.
The Fayetteville Observer had covered the event in “Women’s Equality Day celebrated.”
The Fayetteville Observer announced the event in “Two organizations to celebrate women’s equality Aug. 27.”
See the program in two parts