101 years later, women are CELEBRATING women’s right to vote and DEMANDING the Equal Rights Amendment. North Carolina lawmakers and state officials rallied alongside statewide women’s rights groups at the North Carolina Legislative Building in Raleigh at 10 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 26, to demand that members of the General Assembly finally vote to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. Women are not willing to wait any longer for equal rights.
Aug. 26 is recognized nationally as Women’s Equality Day to commemorate the publication of the 19th Amendment, but Raleigh event organizers re-dubbed the day as “Women’s (IN)Equality Day” to more accurately reflect the current state of women’s rights. Positive coverage of our event by CBS-17 at Equal-rights-amendment-rally-in-downtown-raleigh, 8/26/21. The ERA Yes beach balls were a real hit!
Speakers included bill sponsors of NC’s Ratify the ERA bill – Representatives Julie von Haefen and Susan Fisher and Senators Natalie Murdock and Natasha Marcus. Other special guest were Former NC Chief Justice Cheri Beasley and Mandy Carter, lifetime NOW member and cofounder of the National Black Justice Coalition. The emcees were the co-presidents of the ERA-NC Alliance, Lori Bunton and Jimmie Cochran-Pratt. Leaders of many women’s organizations spoke at the event as well, including NC NOW, LWV-NC, Women-NC, Lillian’s List, BPW-NC and more.
Longtime feminist and NOW member Kathe Rauch showed up with a big green and white ERA Yes sign, wearing her “March on Washington July 9, 1978′ button, her “ERA – the battle’s not over” button of the same vintage, and a “Votes for Women” Sash.
Event organizers made some new swag for the event – the League of Women Voters NC made green and white fans that said “ERA FAN” and white beach balls that said “ERA YES” and LWV-NC.
Women and allies rallied and marched in Moore County and took their protest to the local legislator’s business. In Washington DC, feminists from around the country met on the Supreme Court steps to protest there. NOW leaders from coast to coast went.