Category Archives: ERA

Some Inspiring and Some Maddening Documentaries to See

There are some excellent documentaries available. Here are a few, including “Seeing Allred” (about women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred), Equal Means Equal (unequal rights for women and girls in the U.S.), RBG (Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg), Trapped (about TRAP laws limiting or stopping access to abortion clinics), and more.

1. Seeing Allred, About Women’s Rights Attorney Gloria Allred.

Seeing Allred” is a 2018 documentary about women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred. It shows what one woman can do. The film intertwines the stories of Ms. Allred’s life with her persistence in going after actor Bill Cosby with what ended up being 50 women willing to speak out about what he did to them.

This film may really change your perception about who Ms Allred is, but also about how telling stories can heal, and what one woman’s persistence can do.

Gloria Allred and the directors of the documentary about her at the 2018 National NOW Conference in San Jose, CA.

Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

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ERA T-Shirt Ideas – Vote! 6/2019

Please indicate your preference on ERA t-shirt wording/graphics. We want to order some NOW ERA t-shirts asap. Also, still would love input on ERA billboard styles at https://wp.me/p22b2e-21O (vote on website for billboards).

T-shirts will be green with white writing. To blend with era-nc alliance’s

Option 1 – basic – Unformatted front, and ERA wording on the back

Option 2: Mix of option 1 and 3. 

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The 100th anniversary of 19th Amendment is in 2020, Expect Events!

The 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the United State Constitution is coming up in 2020. The 19th Amendment (1920) to the Constitution of the United States provides men and women with equal voting rights (by which we mean gave women the right to vote). The amendment states that the right of citizens to vote “shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” However, many women were denied the right to vote in 1920 and for decades following the amendment. Look for events in 2020, commemorating the amendment (the step forward), doing some reconciliation with women of color, and seeing what else American women need.

It is shocking to realize that American Women didn’t win the right to vote until 1920. We won this right after many hard fought battles lasting over 72 years, counting from 1848 and Seneca Falls, when the fight got more focused. In truth, the women’s suffrage movement dates as far back as the Revolutionary War. Still, not all women got the right to vote in 1920.

Jane Watson dressed as Suffragette on ERA Bill Filing Day, 3/5/19. Photo Credit: ERA-NC Alliance

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Historic National ERA Milestone – NC Women Attended- 4/30/19

NC Women attended historic ERA hearing and press conference in Washington DC. 

“For the first time in nearly four decades, the House Judiciary Committee will hold an official hearing on the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). This exciting development exemplifies the growing momentum behind finally ratifying the ERA in the Constitution.” As National NOW wrote in “House Judiciary to Hold First ERA Hearing in 36 Years.

Lori Bunton (arm raised), Marena Groll, Virginia Adamson
Photo Credit: Bettina Hager, DC Director of the ERA Coalition and Fund for Women’s Equality

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ERA Billboard Ideas – 2019

So many people don’t realize that men and women do not have equal rights under the law. We are planning at least one billboard, but would like to put up two or more. To make this happen we need your help! Please help fund the billboards! And pick your favorite billboard saying, or provide your own for us to consider.

There are so many great ideas! Here are a few rough examples pictured below poll. Choose your favorite. Or provide your own for us to consider.

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NC NOW Legislative Update #15 — Games Played With Vetoed Bills – May 13, 2019

Go directly to NC NOW Legislative Update #15 (13 May 19) which includes summary and bills being tracked.

UPDATE:  The vote to override the Governor’s veto of the Born-Alive—Abortion Survivors Protection Act has been placed on the House Calendar for May 15.  This date may or may not hold since several House votes have been scheduled only to be re-scheduled.

The House seems to be playing a game with SB359/HB602:  Born-Alive—Abortion Survivors Protection Act.  The Senate voted to override the Governor’s veto on 04/30/2019.  The bill was placed on the House calendar for both 05/02/2019 and 05/03/2019—then withdrawn both times.  The bill is presently on the House Calendar for 05/06/2019.  A vote to override requires a two-thirds vote of members present and voting.   It looks like the veto override vote is being placed on the House calendar only to be withdrawn over and over again to stymie concerned citizens who may want to be in the gallery for the vote and to allow for a head count to make certain that votes needed for an override are present in the chamber before holding a vote. 

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Press Advisory for 2019 Raleigh Women’s March, 1/26/19

PRESS ADVISORY For Immediate Release

Raleigh, NC, 1/21/19

2019 Raleigh Women’s March

A Women’s March Anniversary Event More than 1,000 Women and Allies Expected

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Signature Ad Packet Delivery and Letter – 3/25/19

NC NOW members delivered the pro-choice signature ad packets to all of our representatives in the NC House and NC Senate on Monday, 3/25/19. The packets included a copy of the pro-choice signature ad that we ran in Indy Week in January (as we do every year), and a letter from NC NOW.

Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

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ERA: Alyssa Milano Wants It. How About You?

Women have been working to get equal rights in the United States for 170 years! Too many people don’t realize women don’t have equal rights. Why is ERA catching fire now? What will it do for women and families? How can you help? North Carolina women are pushing now and pushing hard! Learn more and join the effort!

Actresses Alyssa Milano and Patricia Arquette are on board, and using their star power to bring more attention to the need for ERA. Milano said at a press conference in DC, “It’s 2019 and I still don’t have equal rights under the Constitution. Neither do any of you, the nearly 162 million women across the U.S. The absurdity is mind-boggling: because I have a vagina, my opportunities for equality and justice are limited.”

Patricia Arquette and Alyssa Milano in front. Ellie Smeal behind. 

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NC NOW Legislative Update #6, ERA Bills Filed – 11 Mar 19

NC NOW Legislative Update #6, 11 Mar 19 includes the ERA bills filed on 3/5/19 while women and allies filled the Legislative Building with hours of activities. It also talks about Governor Cooper’s budget and what we may expect this session.

March 5 was an exciting day at the General Assembly.  Bills for North Carolina to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) were introduced in both the House (HB271) and the Senate (SB184).  The ERA-NC Alliance (North Carolina NOW is an lead member organization) organized events that brought over 150 ERA advocates to the General Assembly to advocate for the ERA, hear speeches, participate in a press conference, and lobby legislators to sign on as sponsors the bills.  So far all Democratic members of the House and Senate are sponsors.  The halls were filled with women wearing green and white and waving ERA YES rounds.  Thirty-eight states are needed to ratify the ERA, and 37 have already done so.  Let’s make North Carolina number 38!

One of the groups of women and allies at NCGA on 3/5/19, Photo Credit: Aylett Colston

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