Do you know how well Virginia has done with turning things around? They were in the same sinking terrible boat that we were in 2011 after terrible election in 2010. They are in excellent shape now, in 2020. VA has elected the most women to the VA Legislature in their history! They’ve already passed laws to reverse some damage done AND RATIFIED THE Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)! This is a story of hope and an inspiration for people to vote. NC needs to follow their lead. That depends on us and others like us!
A snowstorm couldn’t stop the Fayetteville NOW members from having their 21st annual Fayetteville NOW Susan B. Anthony event celebrating local feminists. The feminists they celebrate are usually women but have been men as well. The 2020 Susan B. Anthony Birthday Celebration event honored Sylvia Gooding Ray, founder of Center for Empowerment and Development (CEED) and former Fayetteville NOW chapter president.
Photo Credit: Fayetteville NOW
Fayetteville NOW President Roberta Waddle said, “Sylvia was charming as was her daughter.”
“She Changed the World” is a collaborative project between the Chapel Hill and Durham chapters of the National Organization for Women (NOW). It is honoring 10 contemporary women from Durham and Chapel Hill, NC who have contributed to their communities through their service and activism.
Chapel Hill and Durham NOW are having a reception to celebrate the opening of the exhibit on 2/29/20, at the Chapel Hill Public Library. See invitation below.
Thousands of women and allies, including many children, went to the 4th Annual Women’s March in Raleigh on Sunday, 1/26/20. People had signs in their hands, on their shirts, on other clothes. Some wore pink pussy hats, even on the mild sunny day (54 in January!) The event began with a march starting at the Legislative Building (the people’s house) and all the way around Halifax Mall, led by some of the organizers chanting. People surged in to Halifax Mall, still chanting.
Front of 4th Raleigh Women’s March, Photo Credit Greg Stewart Photography
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Our NC state government is sponsoring a once in a lifetime event – Women Breaking Barriers – at the state Capital in Raleigh on 9/7/19. Women Breaking Barriers is part of the “She Changed The World” series of events focused on women running from May 2019 through December 2020. See the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources press release here. At the NC NOW table, we’ll be running a Women in Science Jeopardy game and selling our new NOW t-shirts. Our jeopardy game goes great with the theme, as it’s all about women who changed the world! Triad NOW will have their own table, with activities on women’s history and LGBTQ history. ERA-NC Alliance will highlight the need for ERA. The League of Women Voters – North Carolina helped organize the program and plans to do a skit, among other things. Beautiful campaign!The event runs from 10-3pm. Come on down, hear the diverse speakers, and visit our tables.
Fayetteville Police Chief Gina V. Hawkins was recognized by Fayetteville NOW for her leadership abilities during the organization’s Susan B. Anthony Birthday Celebration on Tuesday, 3/12/19. Chief Hawkins is the first woman and first minority to serve in the permanent position of police chief for Fayetteville.
Chief Hawkins is one of six woman police chiefs in North Carolina. She talked about herself and her life and what led her to this job and why. She said many times she was a little girl with a big mouth, and Fayetteville NOW VP, Roberta Waddle, quipped “perfect NOW woman!”
SBA Celebration Attendees, food and drinks to right Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga
The Fayetteville chapter has partnered with the Office of Civic Engagement and Serving Learning at Fayetteville State University. Recently, members of NOW presented to students enrolled in SOC 400, the Sociology of Gender Roles. This is part of NOW reaching and working together with the next generation. This includes opening dialogue during class, and will include outside events, including at least one the students designed themselves.
The Fayetteville Chapter of NOW invites you to the 20th annual Susan B. Anthony Birthday Celebration. This year, Fayetteville NOW members are honoring Fayetteville Police Chief GINA HAWKINS. The event is Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in Fayetteville. Please register in advance using SBA Event Registration Form.
Fayetteville Police Chief Gina Hawkins, formal picture
Chief Hawkins was hired in 2017 is the first woman and first minority to serve in the permanent position of police chief for Fayetteville. When she was hired in June of 2017, Fayetteville Observer wrote, “Hawkins has developed a reputation as a no-nonsense cop during her 28 years in law enforcement. She said she sees that as holding people accountable, upholding standards and keeping things on track.”