The National Organization for Women Charlotte chapter has been busy and has room for you to join in! Charlotte NOW was represented at the Healthcare Justice NC “Medicare for All” rally and press conference in front of Carolina Medical Center Main on April 8, 2017, in Charlotte by Melba Evans. Evans spoke about some of the advantages for women in a Medicare for ALL healthcare plan. Other speakers included Physicians for National Health Plan, NAACP, League of Women Voters, Action NC, Charlotte Women’s March.
Photo Credit: Melba Evans
Notice about the event was posted on the Charlotte Women’s March website at https://charlottewomensmarch.wordpress.com/2017/04/06/medicare-for-all-rally-saturday-april-8th/
There was a great turn-out for Feminist Exploration Day at UNC-Charlotte on April 19, 2017, sponsored by UNC-C Women and Gender Studies Program. The event included a resource fair and breakout sessions. Charlotte NOW had been invited to inform students and faculty about the National Organization for Women.
“So happy to see so many young people engaged in issues of equality and justice. Many males attended the event in support of challenges and issues that women face today.”
UNC-C Feminist Exploration Fair Photo Credit: Melba Evans
Historically, science has provided keys to eliminating sexist, racist, and environmentally damaging policies. But science is under attack: President Trump conflates scientific fact with matters of opinion, and has moved to slash funding to education, healthcare, research, and environmental protections. Women are on the front-lines of this assault.
Educating girls and women in sciences is essential to overcome threats to our health and environment. If women are not at the table, then neither will be women’s interests and needs – think reproductive health-care, environmental threats that disproportionately affect women and unborn children, and diseases that afflict only women. Today, women make up only 29% of the STEM workforce, and Trump proposes no initiatives to promote women in sciences. On the contrary, his budget proposal guts federal education spending by $9 billion.
Photo Credit: Scientific American
Republican resistance to expanding Medicaid is buckling. Four Republican House members, including three House Health Committee Chairmen, have sponsored a bill (HB62) that would significantly expand Medicaid coverage to include low-income adults. The bill would create a program called Carolina Cares and would be paid for by a new tax on hospitals. It is modeled on Indiana’s program approved by then-Governor Mike Pence and includes a premium and a work requirement. Because it does not conform to Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, it would require a federal waiver to be implemented. This bill marks the first time prominent North Carolina Republicans have supported any expansion to the Medicaid program to include people not already covered. For more details, see: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article143388024.html
Abortion is back in the General Assembly. Two new bills—one good and one very bad—have been filed.
Read about the Medicaid bill, the abortion bills, ERA updates, Lawsuit updates, Voter ID/Voter Suppression Law updates and bill tracking in North_Carolina_NOW_Legislative_Update_#10.9Apr17.
Equal Pay Day is the day in any given year when women working full-time, year-round catch up to men’s earnings from the previous year. April 4th is Equal Pay Day for 2017, because women on average make 80% of what men make. However, the reality is that the wage gap is even greater for most women of color. ” African-American women’s wages won’t catch up to men’s 2016 earnings until July 31, Native American women until September 25, and Latina women until November 2, according to the ACLU in “Working Women, Your Paycheck Has Been Trapped in a Time Warp,” 4/4/17. Mom’s are penalized too – Equal Pay Day for moms arrives in late May this year. Even celebrating Equal Pay Day on Tuesday is significant. Tuesday was selected to represent how far into the next work week women must work to earn what men earned the previous week! More here about myths on women’s pay, and what can be done to make pay more fair.
In “Shortchanged: Gender and race discrimination in the workplace, and how to fix it,” 4/3/17, NC Policy Watch Blog, Women’s March On Raleigh organizer Shana Becker wrote,
North Carolina has an important role to play in adding the ERA to our US Constitution and our responsibility is to demand its passage!
Senate Bill 85 and House Bill 102, “NC Adopt Equal Rights Amendment,” are stuck in their Rules Committees. They must be heard AND passed along for a full vote in the House and Senate. Call today!
House Rules Committee Chair, David Lewis – 919-715-3015 – insist that he give HB102: NC Adopt Equal Rights Amendment a hearing and vote to approve the bill. (Click on the link to see the title, history, text, sponsors and co-sponsors of the bill.)
Senate Rules Committee Chair, Bill Rabon – 919-733-5963 – insist that he give SB85: NC Adopt Equal Rights Amendment a hearing and vote to approve the bill.
ERA Bill Sponsors pictured with women’s group leads – Pat Sledge (BPW-NC), Gailya Paliga (NC NOW), Audrey Muck (ERA-NC Alliance/NOW), Sen. Floyd McKissick (SB85 Sponsor), Virginia Adamson (BPW-NC), Rep. Carla Cunningham (HB102 Sponsor), Joyce Mitchell (DWNC). Photo Credit: Sen. McKissick
Nevada has ratified the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)! The re-introduction of the ERA for ratification in various state legislatures (including North Carolina) is part of the “three-state strategy” for ratification (although now [after Nevada] it has become a two-state strategy).
This has brought new interest to ratifying ERA across the nation. North Carolina already had introduced bills to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment both Houses of the North Carolina legislature, and NC NOW is working to spur action on these bills.
The ERA NC Alliance, which includes NC NOW, held a Women’s Mobilization Monday on Monday, March 27, to advocate for ratification of the ERA. Events included a press conference at 3:00 pm in the General Assembly Press Room and supporters assembling in the House gallery at 6:30 pm where they were recognized. There must have been 70 women present at 7pm. There was lots of press at the Press Conference at 3pm.
NC NOW subset of Women Mobilization Monday
Photo Credit: Roberta Waddle
NC NOW was well represented at the Veteran Feminists of America “Sharing Our Stories” event on 3/31/17. NC NOW members from Raleigh, Durham, Charlotte, Fayetteville and the Triad area were honored. NOW was mentioned repeatedly by activists as where they learned the skills that helped them for the rest of their lives. The scholars and the historians talked about their research and discussed topics right along with the activists. It would be great to get some of their books for NC NOW’s office library.