NC NOW, Triad NOW and ERA-NC Alliance were among the 53 organizations and businesses at the Women Breaking Barriers – at the State Capital in Raleigh on 9/7/19. This event was organized and sponsored by the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR). It was a kick off for a series of events marking the 100 year anniversary of the 19th amendment from which some women won the right to vote. The League of Women Voters (LWV) and other cosponsors helped organize the program, provided speakers, and did a skit, among other things. There were opportunities to participate and learn about inspirational North Carolina women past and present – through speeches, skits and activities at tables on the grounds. The event ran from 10-3pm.
Throughout the day, vendors, partner organizations, exhibitors, food trucks, and voter registration were available on the grounds.
- NC NOW ran a Women in Science Jeopardy game. The jeopardy game went well with the theme, as it’s all about women who changed the world. NOW members from Raleigh and Fayetteville staffed the table.
- Triad NOW had their own table with activities on women’s history and LGBTQ history.
- ERA-NC Alliance highlighted need for ERA.
Women Breaking Barriers is part of the “She Changed The World” campaign that includes a series of events focused on women’s suffrage from March 2019 through November 2020. More on that campaign here.
“While some American women were granted the right to vote with the 19th Amendment, many women had to continue the fight in order to exercise that right. The campaign focuses on the fight for enfranchisement and the story of North Carolina women past and present who have achieved amazing things in multiple disciplines to help make the world a better place,” according to the NC2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative.
The state has a beautiful campaign with an inspiring logo!
Co-hosts for the event were the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR), the NC Council for Women & Youth Involvement, the African American Heritage Commission, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, American Indian Women of Proud Nations, the National Council of Negro Women, and the League of Women Voters. The event featured speakers from those organizations. Inside the Capitol, the state’s copy of the 19th Amendment was on display. Here is the schedule with the final stage schedule (11:30am-3pm).
Event Indoor and Outdoor Schedules:
10a.m-11 a.m. – a ceremony featuring prominent North Carolina women to honor women of the past, present, and future. Dignitaries included Chief Justice Cheri Beasley, Council of State, cabinet, First Lady Kristin Cooper, Former Governor of North Carolina Beverly Perdue, members of legislature, representatives of co-host organizations, girl scouts, and musicians.
The following representatives from co-host organizations were recognized and spoke:
- Representing the American Indian Women of Proud Nations, Brenda Moore of the Waccamaw Siouan and Miss Indian North Carolina 2019, Cheyenne Shashoni Daniel
- Representing Alpha Kappa Alpha, Mid-Atlantic Regional Director Jennifer King Congleton
- Representing the National Council of Negro Women, North Carolina State Coalition President Greta Adams
- Representing the League of Women Voters of North Carolina, President Jo Nicholas
- Representing Delta Sigma Theta, Regional Director of the South Atlantic Region, Juanita Massenburg and Precious Jemison, Regional Representative of the South Atlantic Region
- Representing the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission, Chair, Dr. Valerie Ann Johnson
You can experience all the speakers in the first ceremony (10am-11am) at the She Changed The World Kickoff Youtube Playlist.
11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – event co-hosts take the stage, with speeches and performances. A more detailed agenda for this section is included directly below.
It was a great opportunity to learn about inspirational North Carolina women past and present, to hear many voices. Here are some other pictures from the event.