2018 State Conference – Women Rising Up NOW

We have record numbers of women running for office in 2018 because women are rising up! We have women organizing regular protests around the state – NC has weekly protests in Raleigh and Wilmington! Mostly women are protesting at the Kavanaugh hearings and around the state and country. Because Women are Rising Up NOW!

Please join us at our NC NOW State conference to meet some of these women in NC and learn some skills to help you rise up as well! Join us in Raleigh on Saturday, Oct 20, 2018, 9am-4pm.

We are honored to announce that our keynote speaker is Civil Rights Attorney, Anita Earls.

To register now, print and mail in this form: NC NOW News Fall 2018 Registration Page (v2). Or register online here.

Hotel Information: We have reserved a block of rooms at Comfort Inn & Suites Crabtree Valley for Friday night, 10/19/18.
Address: 6209 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC, 27612
Phone: (919) 782-1112 (Ask for NC NOW block).
Note: Block rate expires on 9/28/18.

More information at Women Rising Up NOW! In Raleigh on 10/20/18
Facebook event at
Flyer at NC NOW 2018 flyer final final.

If you represent an organization who wants to table at the event, please fill in the form at  StateConfTablingForm.2018.

We are doing a silent auction again this year. People come up with some neat stuff, and sometimes historical items. Have anything to donate? Please Use the NCNOW Silent Auction Application form here and get the item to Maureen Wertheim. Contact Maureen Wertheim through Raleigh NOW at

Friday Evening Event, 10/19/18, in Raleigh

We are screening “Seeing Allred,” a documentary about women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred at 7pm at the hotel where some NOW members are staying on Friday night. Very inspiring, some members saw it and met Ms. Allred at the national NOW conference in San Jose last summer. It’s a free screening. Please join us if can – but be sure to sign up via Eventbrite. Read more and find link to sign up at Inspiring “Seeing Allred” in Raleigh on 10/19/18.

2017 State Conference – Mobilizing Women NOW

Never has the need been greater than in 2017 for women to push back and move forward. Decades of progress is being turned back by the president’s administration and in North Carolina. The latest move is for the NC Legislature? One party? to take over the third branch of government – the judiciary – in NC. “When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty,” as Thomas Jefferson said so long ago. Join us in Fayetteville on Saturday, Oct 21, 2017, to find out about situation in NC and to get some tools for the resistance.

Conference Registration Form here! Register online via eventbrite here. The conference flyer is here. Our conference theme is “Mobilizing Women NOW!”

Secretary of State Elaine Marshall is the keynote speaker. Marshall was first elected to public office in 1992 as a member of the North Carolina Senate representing the 15th Senate District. She was first elected as Secretary of State in 1996, becoming the first woman elected to a statewide executive office in North Carolina history. Marshall has won re-election three times and in 2008 received the second highest vote total of any candidate in the state. She has been credited with bringing the office into the technological age by introducing e-commerce and providing online registration for lobbyists and businesses.

NC Secretary of State Elaine Marshall Photo Credit:

See the conference facebook event at

Find the Conference Registration Form here!

Our guest speaker is Sarah Preston, Executive Director of Lillian’s List will talk about women running for office, another way to move women forward.

Book your room early!

You can stay in Fayetteville on Friday night, October 20, 2017, so you’re fresh for the conference on Saturday morning. Most NOW members traveling to Fayetteville are staying at the Fairfield Inn, 562 Cross Creek Mall, Fayetteville. Free breakfast is included. The standard rate is $109+tax. Today I still see (7 day advanced purchase) king for $85+tax, a double for $98+tax! Hotel phone is 910-487-1400.  


2016 State Conference – Women Making History NOW!

Join us in Raleigh on Saturday, Oct 1, 2016 at the NC NOW State Conference. We are celebrating 50 years of NOW, and historic advances of specific women. We’re doing an activity on what it was like for women in 1966! We’ll talk about challenges NC women face today, and actions we can take. Join us in Raleigh.


State Auditor Beth Wood Photo Credit: Indy

Our keynote speaker is State Auditor Beth Wood. Beth Wood has served as State Auditor since 2009, and has been in public service for 28 years. Wood is the first woman to hold that position.  She is a native North Carolinian with deep ties to the community. Find out about ‘the female effect’ at lunchtime with Ms. Wood.

You can register online through Eventbrite. Get the registration form directly at Registration Form 2016. If you want to share news of the conference, here’s the 2016 flier

See our draft agenda including an exciting workshop from some of the community activists who got Wildin Acosta out of jail, one on recognizing and fighting racism, one on voting. Some people are coming just for the “Our Time Is NOW: The Equal Rights Amendment” section in the morning, which includes “history of the fight for women’s rights, history of Women of Color in the movement for Women’s Rights, and the current status of ERA.”

Read more about the conference in the 2016 Call to Conference Newsletter, where we also talk about a very important National NOW PAC endorsement, and the new Equal Means Equal documentary, and what overturning the Voter ID law means for women. You’ll find the registration form on page 3 here too (if you want to mail something in). 

There are options to be more visible at the conference, please send in or at least notify us that it’s coming by Sept 22, 2016:

Book your room early!

Stay in Raleigh or in the Triangle on Friday night so you’re fresh for the conference on Saturday morning. We reserved a block of rooms at the Comfort Inn & Suites Crabtree Valley in Raleigh. It’s a great deal – room and breakfast included for $69 + tax. To take advantage of it – book early! Call the hotel at 919-782-1112 to book your room. Ask to be put in the NC NOW group block. It is an easy 7-9 minute drive from this hotel to the conference site.

If you prefer to stay at someone’s house, we can try to arrange that (the more notice, the better!). Email with your name, contact information (phone/email), and any allergies (food or pet) or special conditions.

Past conference themes and speakers

NC NOW has state conferences every year, at which we do elections for our statewide officers.  NC NOW members are also involved in regional conferences every 2 years, and in the National NOW conferences every year.

** Past NC NOW state conferences **

2018 – Women Rising Up NOW – with Raleigh NOW in Raleigh– keynote speaker is Civil Rights Attorney, Anita Earls
2017 – Mobilizing Women NOW –
with Fayetteville NOW in Fayetteville – keynote speaker NC Secretary Of State Elaine Marshall
2016 – Women Making History NOW
 – with Raleigh NOW in Raleigh – keynote speaker NC State Auditor Beth Wood

2015 – Focusing Women’s Power NOW – with Triad NOW in Winston-Salem – keynote speaker Congresswoman Alma Adams
2014 – Demand Change NOW – with Durham NOW in Chapel Hill – keynote speaker Rep. Pricey Harrison

2013 – Reclaiming NC NOW – with Fayetteville NOW in Fayetteville – Katy Munger from Progress NC
2012 – Fight Like It’s 1969!  Equality and Rights for All Women NOW! – with Charlotte NOW in Charlotte – MaryBe McMillan, Secretary of AFL-CIO NC
2011 – They say “Get Back” – We say “Fight Back!” – with Fayetteville NOW – Rep. Diane Parfitt
2010 – Hope For The Best – Work For It NOW! – with Fayetteville NOW – activist Mandy Carter
2009 – Know Your Rights NOW – with Charlotte NOW in Charlotte – Former President Rebecca Mann
2008 – Women Leading NOW – with Raleigh NOW – Senator Janet Cowell

** SE Regional Conference **

2014 – The Future of Feminism: Forward Together! with Georgia NOW in Atlanta, GA – keynote Patricia Ireland, past president of the National Organization for Women, and labor rights lawyer. 

2012 – Powerful Women Joining Forces NOW!  with NC NOW in Raleigh  – keynote Dr. Anu Kumar, VP of IPAS in Chapel Hill


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  10. Can someone tell me if there are any plans for a bus or car pooling to the national convention in Orlando the end of June ? Also, when and where will the NC state NOW convention be held ? Thank you.

  11. Norma Hedgepeth

    Is there vendor opportunity and if so how much, vendor price and deadline? Thanks.

  12. Wow it’s amazing to read about keynote speaker Events. Impressive post ……..

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