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Open Mic Night to Jumpstart the 2019 NC NOW State Conference

Stop by Friday night to partake in Open Mic!
Open to all!

Speak your mind, tell a joke, a story, a poem, or reclaim your time…
Say what you need to say at Feminism Speaks: Open Mic night!

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Must be 21 years or older to attend.
Please keep your contribution clean.

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Rep. Deb Butler to Keynote 2019 NC NOW Conference

The keynote speaker for  North Carolina NOW’s 2019 State Conference is state Representative Deb Butler, who represents downtown Wilmington and parts of Brunswick County.

Rep.  Butler gained national attention for her impassioned rebuke of House Speaker  Tim Moore after he called for a vote on Governor Cooper’s veto of the state budget during a session that Democrats and the media had been told would be a non-voting session.  Republican representatives, by contrast, had been told to “be in your seats.”

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Women Breaking Barrier’s Event on 9/7/19 Educated and Inspired!

NC NOW, Triad NOW and ERA-NC Alliance were among the 53 organizations and businesses at the Women Breaking Barriers – at the State Capital in Raleigh on 9/7/19. This event was organized and sponsored by the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR). It was a kick off for a series of events marking the 100 year anniversary of the 19th amendment from which some women won the right to vote. The League of Women Voters (LWV) and other cosponsors helped organize the program, provided speakers, and did a skit, among other things. There were opportunities to participate and learn about inspirational North Carolina women past and present – through speeches, skits and activities at tables on the grounds. The event ran from 10-3pm.

3 women in suffrage costumes

Women in period costume Photo Credit: Ana Tampana

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Tribute to Jan Allen, 2019

North Carolina lost a feminist warrior when our friend and lifetime NOW member Jan Allen passed away on 9/13/19. Janet Heineman Allen was a wonderful woman who donated decades of her life to working for women’s equality. She joined NOW working for the Equal Rights Amendment over 40 years ago, and continued for decades on our NC NOW board and NC NOW Political Action Committee. She went to almost every national NOW conference through at least 2015 in New Orleans. Jan co-founded Lillian’s List in 1997 to fill a need to support pro-choice progressive women who wanted to run for office. Jan chaired at least one Lillian’s List board and was also on the NC Planned Parenthood board (through Planned Parenthood’s name changes).  Over the years, she was a mentor to countless women.

Jan Allen at NC NOW Conference on 10/1/16. Photo Credit: Floyd McKissick Jr

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Voices From The Coverage Gap Event Opens People’s Eyes (2019)

Stories are powerful. Filmmaker Rebecca Cerese captured stories from people around the state who are caught in the health care coverage gap. She shared some stories on film and some she told. One of Rebecca’s storytellers came in person and her story of her daughter was heartbreaking.

Watching one of the stories Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

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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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Women’s Equality Day Events with Triad NOW – 2019

Preparation is underway to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote.

At the Triad NOW August 6 Meeting, members made sashes, similar to the ones worn by the early suffragettes. Each person decorated a sash with her issuues, slogans, or logos. Thanks to Charlotte Goodson for making the sashes. 

One of the tables for making sashes. Photo Credit: Triad NOW

Meet up Mixxer on Aug 26, 2019, at Wiseman Brewing, 5:30 PM. Appetizers by Full Moon Oyster Bar. In honor of Women’s Equality Day.

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Ruffner-Linn: Outside Looking In on July 4th

As our nation celebrated the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, a peculiar feeling came over me. One I’d never felt before on the 4th of July. I felt…left out. Definitely as if I was on the outside looking in.

Given that I was already in a somber mood – the Supreme Court is close to taking away from the majority of its citizens their right to reproductive freedom and choice. This will inevitably seriously curtail opportunities for women… in education, careers, finances, even the right to make decisions affecting our own bodies.

Having grown up feeling like equal rights were guaranteed on paper if not always in practice, I guess I never questioned being a “regular American Citizen”. Then as I watched a network TV special celebrating the birth of our country, I became aware of something. At first it was an irritant and then as the hour wore on it became an open wound.

Kathy Ruffner-Linn and her sister Nancy at a women-themed Moral Monday on 6/24/13. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

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The 100th anniversary of 19th Amendment is in 2020, Expect Events!

The 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the United State Constitution is coming up in 2020. The 19th Amendment (1920) to the Constitution of the United States provides men and women with equal voting rights (by which we mean gave women the right to vote). The amendment states that the right of citizens to vote “shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” However, many women were denied the right to vote in 1920 and for decades following the amendment. Look for events in 2020, commemorating the amendment (the step forward), doing some reconciliation with women of color, and seeing what else American women need.

It is shocking to realize that American Women didn’t win the right to vote until 1920. We won this right after many hard fought battles lasting over 72 years, counting from 1848 and Seneca Falls, when the fight got more focused. In truth, the women’s suffrage movement dates as far back as the Revolutionary War. Still, not all women got the right to vote in 1920.

Jane Watson dressed as Suffragette on ERA Bill Filing Day, 3/5/19. Photo Credit: ERA-NC Alliance

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