Tag Archives: Equal Rights Amendment

38 States Ratified ERA, Now What (2020)?

The ERA billboards that were posted around North Carolina last year are still true – 4.2 million women live in North Carolina. Zero have equal rights.


Counting girls as well as women, the statement becomes “5.2 million women and girls live in NC. Zero have equal rights.”

Thanks to women in Virginia, 38 of 38 states needed have ratified the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) as of January 2020, and there have been developments on a few fronts. Here is a review and an update on what is happening now. For more about why we need ERA, see Simple Justice, Long Overdue.

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Virginia Ratified ERA, NC Still Pushing in 2020

This has been such a long time coming! ERA is now ratified in 38 of 38 states needed for the 3 state strategy for passing ERA!! NC NOW and others will continue our fight in NC because we don’t want another 19th amendment – do you know that NC didn’t ratify the 19th Amendment-women’s right to vote-until 1971!! What an embarassment. We don’t want another ratification in NC like that one – waiting 50 years to do the right thing! Here is some recent history with ERA in NC.

Read more about Virginia’s ERA success in “Virginia Lawmakers Pass Equal rights Amendment In History Vote!,” 1/15/20, Washington Post.

ERA Vigil in front of Legislative Building, 5/15/13. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

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Tis The Season For ERA – Green ERA NOW T-shirts Available

Women are very excited about women winning big in the last Virginia election. As Carol Jenkins sees it, a nearly 100-year push to add the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is closer to reality now than it’s ever been. Advocates like us think with the win of the VA House and Senate, “the once solidly conservative Southern state that’s voted down the ERA time and again might instead be the critical 38th to approve it.” There are a few hurdles left, but we believe passing the ERA would offer the strongest possible protection for women and girls against discrimination.

Women and advocates should show up as a green and white force at events and at the legislature. Your ERA t-shirt will pique the interest of those who see you. Get your green ERA NOW t-shirts here!

She Changed The World Event at the Capital in Raleigh, 9/7/19; Photo Credit: Ana Tampanna

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NC Must Address Sexual Assault Law Deficiencies

My daughter goes to an NC university and I worry about her. I even signed her up for a self defense class before her freshman year. I knew the statistics of sexual assault on campuses are extremely high. However, I was shocked to read that “A third of female undergraduate UNC students reported sexual assault, survey found,” 10/15/19, Charlotte Observer. State laws must be improved to prosecute these crimes, and universities must do more. An Equal Rights Amendment would help long term.

Event with Feminists For All at UNC-CH, 9/27/19 Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

The 2019 survey by the Association of American Universities reported that “nine percent of respondents said they were given a spiked drink or drugs without their knowledge before the assault.”

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Real Status Of Women and Girls on Constitution Day – 9/17/19

Women are taking back Constitution Day, an underutilized and under-appreciated holiday – celebrating the day the U.S. Constitution was signed in Philadelphia in 1787. The U.S. Constitution is a statement of the basic principles and laws of our nation that determine the powers and duties of the government and guarantee certain rights to the people in it. States and groups can also have constitutions. The U.S. Constitution is regarded as the oldest written and codified national constitution in force. Constitution Day is the perfect time to educate people that women are not equally protected under our constitution, and about what could remedy that. The Equal Means Equal documentary by Kamala Lopez shows how women and girls are treated in multiple areas, the systems are failing them.

Screening Equal Means Equal on 9/17/19 Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

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Visit NOW at “Women Breaking Barriers” Event in Raleigh on 9/7/19

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. 

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Equal Means Equal Screening and Discussion – 9/17/19

Equal Means Equal is a groundbreaking film on women’s rights.

Learn about the true status of women and girls in the United States. This documentary follows Kamala Lopez as she journeys across the country to learn what women think about their lives, and how or if they want them to change. The interviews tell the stories of four generations of American women grappling with the status of their rights, the issues they face and how these have impacted our society. Lopez talks with women from the well-known, such as actress Patricia Arquette, and legendary feminist Gloria Steinem, to the unknown, including gang girls and hotel maids, to find out how being female impacts daily life, whether economically, politically or socially.

The film runs 90 minutes. Afterward, there will be time for discussion. You will want to discuss!

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NC NOW Legislative Update #26 – 8/26/19

North Carolina NOW Legislative Update—August 26, 2019

Jump to the full summary and listing of bills NC NOW is tracking at NC NOW Legislative Update #26 (26Aug19).

Billboards Supporting the Equal Rights Amendment Unveiled in Press Conference

Senator Terry Van Duyn, Marena Groll, Gailya Paliga, Lori Bunton in in back with ERA sign, Senator Floyd McKissick, Jane Terwilliger, Rep. Julie von Haefen, Rep. Susan Fisher. Photo Credit: Senator Floyd McKissick

North Carolina NOW, in partnership with AAUW and the ERA-NC Alliance, held a press conference at the legislature on August 22 to launch our statewide campaign to raise awareness of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).  Four billboards calling for the ratification of the ERA have been installed statewide. 

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Equality Day Observance with Fayetteville NOW – 8/25/19

Join us for the re-enactment of the 1848 Women’s Convention held in Seneca Falls, New York, and the presentation of the Parade of Suffragists. Special proclamations by City of Fayetteville Major Mitch Colvin and Chair of Cumberland County Commissions Dr. Jeanette Council. The Women’s Convention is regarded as the beginning of the modern feminist movement, and the parade is to highlight profiles of feminists from the past two centuries. This play was written by Fayetteville NOW member Ethelyn Holden.

Miss Ethelyn Holden speaking at a Moral Monday in Fayetteville NC about 2014. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

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Ask Me About ERA! Four ERA Billboards Are Up! 2019

All four new ERA billboards are installed, and have the same great message – we have 4.2 million women living in North Carolina, but zero women have equal rights. NC NOW is proud to partner with the ERA-NC Alliance and AAUW of North Carolina on billboard advertising campaign to promote state-wide interest in and support of ERA.  We want women and men to ask what is the ERA if they don’t know already, and we want all to help get NC to ratify it! 

The new billboard in the Greensboro area.

The new billboard in the Greensboro area. Photo Credit: AAUW-NC.

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