Category Archives: women

Fayetteville NOW at FTCC, 5/1/18

Fayetteville NOW participated in Fayetteville Technical Community Center (FTCC) Women’s Empowerment Day. 

The motto is  “When you empower women, you empower humanity! Picture it!”


Photo Credit: Fayetteville NOW

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Triad NOW Meeting – UN-CSW Report – 5/1/18

Triad NOW Monthly Meeting – May 2018

Date: Tuesday, May 1st
Time: 7 PM

Place: Parkway United Church of Christ
2151 Silas Creek Pkwy, Winston-Salem, NC 27103

In March 2018, five members from Triad NOW attended the 62nd UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York City. Part of the fun was that each of us have different issues we’re passionate about – climate change, ending violence against women, developing women leaders, women in the media – so we were attending different sessions and frequently didn’t see each other until dinner and a nightly debrief session! At our May meeting, we’ll share our ‘wow’ moments as well as ideas for Triad NOW and women in the Triad as a result of the multitude of sessions we each attended.

Not testing rape kits is a massive failure to take advantage of science

“Why are there so many untested rape kits in NC?” People have asked in response to an article on who initiated the rape kit inventory in NC and to posts about #endthebacklog and the documentary “I Am Evidence” that examines the problem of untested rape kits and is being shown on HBO at 8pm on 4/16/18.

The problem is there’s no rule on who foots the bill for rape kit testing across the country — it depends on the state and city you live in. 

According to “NC may have more untested rape kits now than any state. Advocates want answers.” News and Observer, 3/7/18,

“California and Florida currently are reported as having more than 13,000 untested kits.”

Looks like NC has a sordid history with not bothering to test them. According to the same N&O article on untested rape kits,

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Protect Reproductive Healthcare! Save Lives! 4/10/18

President Trump’s policies and Congress have had a disastrous affect on women and families in North Carolina, the United States and the world.  On Tuesday April 10 at 11:30 am, members and supporters of NC NOW (National Organization of Women), NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina, El Pueblo, and Population Connection join Tuesdays with Tillis Indivisible ask that Senator Tillis respond with legislative support to remedy the repressive policies which cost women their lives.  

Join us as we concentrate on reproductive care and reproductive justice policies at the federal level.  Do you know there is a US policy which cuts off all US health funding for other countries as America tries to control other countries’ reproductive care?  It’s the Global Gag Rule, which President Trump instated and massively expanded in January 2017.  And Congress renews the heinous Hyde Amendment every year! The Hyde Amendment prohibits low income women, federal employees and their dependents and others from using their own insurance or Medicaid to cover abortions. This means Congress targets a range of women from getting a specific medical procedure via the Hyde Amendment – and has done so every year since 1976.

“The Hyde Amendment is nothing more than playing politics with the lives of those who traditionally have lacked access to quality, affordable care, such as poor women, rural communities and young people,” said Tara Romano, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina.

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NC’s Marches For Science (2018)

The Marches For Science were full of happy, busy people in 2017.

People at the 2017 Raleigh March For Science at Moore Square. Photo Credit: Lori Bunton

People at the 2017 Raleigh March For Science at Moore Square. Photo Credit: Lori Bunton

Again in 2018, citizens have the opportunity to publicly show their respect for and appreciation of Science in the face of the Trump administration’s demonstrated disdain for Science.  Some cities are hosting Marches for Science this year – Raleigh and Greensboro NC on April 14, 2018 for sure. Western NC has an option in SC on April 21, 2018. Female and male scientists are featured at these events. The Raleigh March For Science includes special activities for children. We celebrate science while President Trump’s administration continues to show its disdain for Science.

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2018 Election News – All Seats Up For Grabs!

2018 will be an interesting year in North Carolina because all legislative seats are up for election. There is a lot of excitement around being able to vote, in part due to backlash against the Trump administration and its policies, in part due to the will to make change thanks to the #metoo movement, recognition of the reinforced need for #gunsafety thanks to students in Parkland FL, exposure of racial violence and unfairness via #BlackLivesMatter and the inspiration of the #WomensMarches. Although the voter registration for the May 8 primary ends Friday, April 13, 2018, same day on site voter registration is allowed during early voting (but not on May 8). So if you are not registered to vote yet – you must vote early and bring the right materials with you to register on-site. 

As you may remember, same-day registration and provisional ballots had been thrown out in 2013 when the Republican-controlled legislature rewrote voting rules, but were restored by the courts in 2014. But they have been back in play since late 2014.

People are gearing up for elections in NC as elsewhere in the country, where less conservative to truly progressive candidates have been winning. My favorite story is from the surprise midterm election in Virginia on Nov 7, 2017, where Danica Roem of Virginia got to be the first openly transgender person elected and seated in a U.S. statehouse, Washington Post.

“Virginia’s most socially conservative state lawmaker was ousted from office Tuesday [11/7/17] by Danica Roem, a Democrat who will be one of the nation’s first openly transgender elected officials and who embodies much of what Del. Robert G. Marshall fought against in Richmond.”

In 2018, I was thrilled to see a female judge win a hotly contested state Supreme Court seat in Wisconsin, Washington Post, 4/4/18. 

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Dallet Photo Credit Dalletforjustice.com

Facts about NC’s 2018 Election

Here are some facts about the 2018 election in North Carolina where all legislative seats are up for grabs, according to Ballotpedia on NC Senate, and Ballotpedia on NC House.

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April 2018 Week of Activism in DC, with #EnoughIsEnough Summit

Join the National Organization for Women (NOW) for a five-day event in Washington, DC, including a lobby day at the Capitol on April 26. This year’s NOW Civic Days at the Capitol will take place around our #EnoughIsEnough Summit, focusing on concrete solutions to dismantle the toxic system of sexual abuse and harassment. NOW will provide training and materials to activists at our National Action Center on April 24, so they will be fully prepared to meet with their members of Congress. NOW activists will lobby on legislation regarding sexual assault and harassment, abortion and reproductive rights, and other pertinent bills moving through the Congress.

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Fine Tuning Our Message Together with AAUW-NC, 3/24/18

AAUW-NC invited leaders of many women’s organizations to various roles in their annual conference for 2018, “Strong Ws: Fine Tuning Our Message Together.” The event is Saturday, Mar 24, 2018, 10am to 3pm. NC NOW’s president is one of the presenters of the “Moving Your Message Through The Digital World” break-out sessions.

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Celebrate International Women’s Day in NC on 3/8/18

NOW is part of International Women’s Day celebrations in Raleigh and in Charlotte.

View of WomenNC panel in 2014 from NOW table
Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

Press For Progress in Charlotte NC

Charlotte NOW is involved in an annual event for International Women’s Day on Mar 8, Press For Progress. It is at the International House, 1817 Central Ave, Charlotte NC. Charlotte NOW is on the Charlotte International Women’s Day Committee, and told me about the upcoming event. The following is from the eventbrite listing.

You are invited to celebrate the history, contributions and achievements of women. Join us for an inspirational and motivational event to bring change to move women forward.

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Equal Means Equal Showing in Chapel Hill on 2/17/18

Women are guaranteed equal rights under the law, right? No?!!

If you have not seen this important documentary, Equal Means Equal, now is your chance! If you’ve only seen it once, you may want to see it again. It shows us the real situation of women in the United States. Very intense. We will discuss afterward.

Date: Sat. Feb. 17th, 2018
Time: 10 am to 1 pm
Place: Chapel Hill Public Library
Reservations: Appreciated, Thru Eventbrite.
Cost: Free

Organized by Durham NOW