Media Advisory: NC NOW to Hold Virtual State Conference on 10/15/21-10/16/21


·        Nancy Cook, Administrative Officer, NC National Organization for Women,

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

***Media Advisory***
NC NOW to Hold Virtual State Conference This Weekend

Raleigh, NC, October 11, 2021 – The North Carolina National Organization for Women (NC NOW) is holding its state conference via Zoom this Friday evening, Oct. 15, and Saturday morning, Oct. 16. Rep. Julie von Haefen is the keynote speaker on Saturday morning. Serving her second term in the legislature, Rep. von Haefen has emerged as a strong advocate for women, education, and health care coverage.

“Standing Strong NOW” is the theme of the state conference. According to NC NOW President Gailya Paliga, “women and allies need to stand strong in the face of continued attacks on abortion access, continued bad decisions of The Supreme Court, and continued refusal by North Carolina’s legislative majority to support women and families in the state budget.” 

What: NC NOW State Conference, Standing Strong NOW
When: Oct 15-16, 2021
Where: On Zoom
Keynote: Rep. Julie von Haefen
How to register: register online at, or mail registration in, 

“Standing Strong in the Legislature” is the focus of Rep. Julie von Haefen’s keynote address. There will be a panel discussion titled “Standing Strong for Environmental Justice” on Friday evening and “Standing Strong for Reproductive Justice” on Saturday morning. Rep. von Haefen, Senator Natalie Murdock, and La Toya Hankins from the Zeta Tau Alpha international women’s sorority are also on the Reproductive Justice panel. The keynote and both panel discussions will include time for question and answer. More on the panels at

There is a choice of workshops on Friday evening, more on them at

The opening plenary on Saturday will include the annual business meeting and kick off the election of state officers, as well as provide updates on the ERA by ERA-NC Alliance Co-President, Lori Bunton, and we’ll learn about NOW member Jenn Alexander’s research into those votes that arrived after the changing deadline last year.  The conference also includes updates on a new database tracking missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls with Crystal Cavalier and a database tracking reports of police misconduct around the state with Dawn Blagrove, from Emancipate NC. NOW member Kathy Greggs is talking about her experience with the Legislature and her response.

Members of the media are welcome to attend. Members and non-members need to register on-line at on the conference can be found at   Registration and credentialing begin at 6 p.m. Friday night and 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning.  The conference ends Saturday at 1 p.m.



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