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.
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.
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:
- Want to add something to our silent auction? Use the form at 2016_Silent_Auction_Application. Plan to bid on some neat stuff!
- Want to order a special limited edition conference/NOW 50th anniversary t-shirt? Costs less to pre-order. Use the form at 2016 T-shirt Order Form. Note that color will be like the color of our Forward NOW t-shirts.
- Want to run an ad in the conference program? Use the form at 2016 State Conference Bulletin Form.
- Want to set up a table at the conference? Use the form at 2016_Conference_Tabling_Form.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 **
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