Media Advisory: Women Rising Up NOW: NC NOW State Conference October 20, 2018

October 10, 2018

Gailya Paliga, President, NC National Organization for Women,,

Lori Bunton, NC NOW VP of Membership,


Raleigh, NC, 10/10/18 – North Carolina National Organization for Women (NOW) will hold its annual conference on October 20 from 9 am to 4 pm at NC Advocates for Justice building in Raleigh. We are proud to announce our keynote speaker is civil rights attorney Anita Earls. This year’s conference theme is ‘Women Rising Up NOW!’

Never has the need been greater than in 2018 for women to push back and move forward. Decades of progress towards women’s equality is being turned back by the current administrations in Washington, D.C., and in North Carolina. “When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty,” Thomas Jefferson said so long ago.

What: NC NOW State Conference, “Women Rising Up NOW!”

Where: NC Advocates for Justice, 1312 Annapolis Dr , Raleigh, NC 27608

When: Saturday, October 20, from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM; Registration begins at 8:30 AM.

RSVP: Register online or via mail 2018 Conference Registration.

North Carolina is poised to be the 38th and final state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).  Both Nevada and Illinois ratified the ERA in the last year and a half. Efforts are being laser focused on our state to re-introduce the bills in both the House and Senate in the 2019 NCGA legislative session.  There will be an update at the conference on the efforts by the ERA-NC Alliance to ratify the equal rights amendment in N.C. as well as national efforts in the Senate and House to ensure that the 38th state to ratify will trigger the constitutional adoption of the Equal Rights Amendment, finally writing women into the constitution!

The state conference is part educational, part motivational. Conference attendees will learn more about the actions of the NC legislature this year, including issues with the proposed constitutional amendments. We’ll analyze the Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation process and meaning. Our workshops include ways feminists can make a difference now and support themselves in these challenging times:

  • “Why you think you’re right-even when you’re wrong,” explores challenges in communicating across the political divide
  • “Effective Letters to the Editor: Guidelines and Strategies”
  • “Building people power in organizing”
  • “Taking care of yourself in trying times.”

“The farce of the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings made clear just how dirty the patriarchal power structure is willing to play to maintain its power: women across the country watched how the leadership of the Judiciary Committee dismissed, demeaned and ignored their experiences of sexual assault and discrimination – and are waking up to their true status in this country,” says Gailya Paliga, president of NC NOW. “We saw in the massive protests in DC, across North Carolina, and around the country that women and allies are rising up NOW! Now we see it in the record numbers of women running for office in 2018.”

The NC NOW PAC has endorsed more candidates this year than ever before and many are women. We have invited endorsed candidates to be introduced at the conference.

NC NOW President, Gailya Paliga, is available for interviews. For more information about NC NOW, visit; or for the National Organization for Women, visit

Members of the media are welcome to attend. Advance and on-site interviews can be arranged. For more information about the conference or to attend, contact Gailya Paliga, NC National Organization for Women,, or Lori Bunton, NC NOW VP of Membership,


ABOUT NOW: NOW’s purpose is to achieve social, economic and political equality for women. As the grassroots arm of the women’s movement, the National Organization for Women is dedicated to its multi-issue and multi-strategy approach to women’s rights. NOW is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States, with hundreds of thousands of contributing members and more than 500 local and campus affiliates in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. North Carolina has seven active NOW chapters serving Asheville, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Durham, Fayetteville, Raleigh and the Triad (Winston-Salem/Greensboro/High Point).

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