Category Archives: ERA

NC Must Address Sexual Assault Law Deficiencies

My daughter goes to an NC university and I worry about her. I even signed her up for a self defense class before her freshman year. I knew the statistics of sexual assault on campuses are extremely high. However, I was shocked to read that “A third of female undergraduate UNC students reported sexual assault, survey found,” 10/15/19, Charlotte Observer. State laws must be improved to prosecute these crimes, and universities must do more. An Equal Rights Amendment would help long term.

Event with Feminists For All at UNC-CH, 9/27/19 Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

The 2019 survey by the Association of American Universities reported that “nine percent of respondents said they were given a spiked drink or drugs without their knowledge before the assault.”

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The Time For Justice Is NOW! NC NOW State Conference on 11/9/19

There are many examples of injustice around us: women’s health being targeted, disparities in school suspensions along racial lines, women’s reports of sexual assault and harassment being discounted, treatment of migrants and immigrants, mass incarceration of minorities, underpayment for women’s work, re-segregation of our schools to name just a few.

NOW is part of the resistance, in fact, we help organize resistance! Please join us at our NC NOW State conference to learn more about injustices and what we can do about them! Join us in Charlotte on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, 9am-4pm.

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Real Status Of Women and Girls on Constitution Day – 9/17/19

Women are taking back Constitution Day, an underutilized and under-appreciated holiday – celebrating the day the U.S. Constitution was signed in Philadelphia in 1787. The U.S. Constitution is a statement of the basic principles and laws of our nation that determine the powers and duties of the government and guarantee certain rights to the people in it. States and groups can also have constitutions. The U.S. Constitution is regarded as the oldest written and codified national constitution in force. Constitution Day is the perfect time to educate people that women are not equally protected under our constitution, and about what could remedy that. The Equal Means Equal documentary by Kamala Lopez shows how women and girls are treated in multiple areas, the systems are failing them.

Screening Equal Means Equal on 9/17/19 Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

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Equal Means Equal Screening and Discussion – 9/17/19

Equal Means Equal is a groundbreaking film on women’s rights.

Learn about the true status of women and girls in the United States. This documentary follows Kamala Lopez as she journeys across the country to learn what women think about their lives, and how or if they want them to change. The interviews tell the stories of four generations of American women grappling with the status of their rights, the issues they face and how these have impacted our society. Lopez talks with women from the well-known, such as actress Patricia Arquette, and legendary feminist Gloria Steinem, to the unknown, including gang girls and hotel maids, to find out how being female impacts daily life, whether economically, politically or socially.

The film runs 90 minutes. Afterward, there will be time for discussion. You will want to discuss!

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NC NOW Legislative Update #26 – 8/26/19

North Carolina NOW Legislative Update—August 26, 2019

Jump to the full summary and listing of bills NC NOW is tracking at NC NOW Legislative Update #26 (26Aug19).

Billboards Supporting the Equal Rights Amendment Unveiled in Press Conference

Senator Terry Van Duyn, Marena Groll, Gailya Paliga, Lori Bunton in in back with ERA sign, Senator Floyd McKissick, Jane Terwilliger, Rep. Julie von Haefen, Rep. Susan Fisher. Photo Credit: Senator Floyd McKissick

North Carolina NOW, in partnership with AAUW and the ERA-NC Alliance, held a press conference at the legislature on August 22 to launch our statewide campaign to raise awareness of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).  Four billboards calling for the ratification of the ERA have been installed statewide. 

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Equality Day Observance with Fayetteville NOW – 8/25/19

Join us for the re-enactment of the 1848 Women’s Convention held in Seneca Falls, New York, and the presentation of the Parade of Suffragists. Special proclamations by City of Fayetteville Major Mitch Colvin and Chair of Cumberland County Commissions Dr. Jeanette Council. The Women’s Convention is regarded as the beginning of the modern feminist movement, and the parade is to highlight profiles of feminists from the past two centuries. This play was written by Fayetteville NOW member Ethelyn Holden.

Miss Ethelyn Holden speaking at a Moral Monday in Fayetteville NC about 2014. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

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Ask Me About ERA! Four ERA Billboards Are Up! 2019

All four new ERA billboards are installed, and have the same great message – we have 4.2 million women living in North Carolina, but zero women have equal rights. NC NOW is proud to partner with the ERA-NC Alliance and AAUW of North Carolina on billboard advertising campaign to promote state-wide interest in and support of ERA.  We want women and men to ask what is the ERA if they don’t know already, and we want all to help get NC to ratify it! 

The new billboard in the Greensboro area.

The new billboard in the Greensboro area. Photo Credit: AAUW-NC.

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Billboard Unveiling to Launch Women’s Equal Rights Campaign – 8/22/19

ERA Billboard Unveiling to Launch Women’s Equal Rights Campaign. This push in advance of Constitution Day (9/17/19) underscores the need for Equal Rights Amendment. “We are very excited about the new billboards,” said Gailya Paliga, president of NC NOW. “We hope they spark interest in the ERA as a fundamental legal remedy against sex discrimination for women and men.”
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New Green ERA NOW T-Shirts Available

Get your brand new ERA NOW t-shirts here! NC NOW has 2 designs of green ERA NOW t-shirts. Great to wear at ERA events coming up this year and any time to garner interest in ERA. Two styles of them. $20 each, discount if you buy 3 or more at a time. See the front and back of the green t-shirts. Plus we have a new batch of purple ‘Forward NOW’ t-shirts.

Send your 2019_T-Shirt_Order_Form in and we’ll make arrangements to get one or more t-shirts to you.  Mailing will include shipping and handling.

Green ERA T-shirt with ERA wording in circle

Green ERA T-shirt with ERA wording in circle

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Ruffner-Linn: Outside Looking In on July 4th

As our nation celebrated the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, a peculiar feeling came over me. One I’d never felt before on the 4th of July. I felt…left out. Definitely as if I was on the outside looking in.

Given that I was already in a somber mood – the Supreme Court is close to taking away from the majority of its citizens their right to reproductive freedom and choice. This will inevitably seriously curtail opportunities for women… in education, careers, finances, even the right to make decisions affecting our own bodies.

Having grown up feeling like equal rights were guaranteed on paper if not always in practice, I guess I never questioned being a “regular American Citizen”. Then as I watched a network TV special celebrating the birth of our country, I became aware of something. At first it was an irritant and then as the hour wore on it became an open wound.

Kathy Ruffner-Linn and her sister Nancy at a women-themed Moral Monday on 6/24/13. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

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