Category Archives: ERA

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 a t-shirt to you. 

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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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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