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
Here are some pictures and media on #StopTheBans events around the state. For specifics like date, time and location on each event that was in May 2019, see Find a Stop Abortion Bans Protest Near You! 5/21/19
Coverage of rallies around the state of the noon events, including Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Charlotte: NC Organizations Rally Against Abortion Bans, Spectrum, 5/21/19.
Chapel Hill NOW – 21 May 19
Chapel Hill NOW president Geraldine Richards organized the #StopTheBans event in Chapel Hill. Both Ms Richards and Durham NOW co-president Jennifer Albright were both interviewed in Chapel Hill!
The reporter recognized that there were at least 8 #StopTheBan events planned around NC, from NC NOW’s media advisory.
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NC Women attended historic ERA hearing and press conference in Washington DC.
“For the first time in nearly four decades, the House Judiciary Committee will hold an official hearing on the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). This exciting development exemplifies the growing momentum behind finally ratifying the ERA in the Constitution.” As National NOW wrote in “House Judiciary to Hold First ERA Hearing in 36 Years.“
Lori Bunton (arm raised), Marena Groll, Virginia Adamson
Photo Credit: Bettina Hager, DC Director of the ERA Coalition and Fund for Women’s Equality
Ideas from all over, including Women Organizing for Wilmington (WOW), who got their signs on facebook early. WOW did events supporting women’s rights on Monday, May 20 and Tuesday May 21. Join them any Monday at noon!
Photo Credit: Women Organizing for Wilmington
Not the Church and Not the State – Women must decide their fate.
No you can NOT take my rights. I am still using them.
You don’t own me. (equals symbol)
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Geraldine Richards, President of Chapel Hill NOW, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gailya Paliga, President of NC National Organization for Women (NC NOW), http://www.northcarolinanow.org, email@example.com
Raleigh, NC, 5/20/19 Women and allies have quickly set up events across North Carolina and the country to fight back against these unconstitutional attempts to gut Roe, control women, and punish doctors. Conservative and sometimes frighteningly clueless lawmakers file and pass these bans in a country where rapists too often go free and domestic violence is rampant. Together we say: stop the abortion bans.And get to work addressing real problems!
The rally in Chapel Hill is one of at least eight #stopthebans events in North Carolina, organized in 7 cities. NC NOW is tracking these events at https://wp.me/p22b2e-24E.
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Good news first – New York and Vermont are protecting abortion rights. However, as of 5/17/19, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, and Utah have passed new antiabortion laws, and similar bills are pending in other states. These laws are designed to oppress and control women. The goal is to overturn Roe v Wade, using the new makeup of the US Supreme Court with Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch.
Sign from Women Organizing for Wilmington for the #StopTheBans rally in Wilmington on 5/21/19. Photo Credit: Deb Shoemaker
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Join us for the 2019 Feminist 5k! This a fun run/walk/renunciation of the patriarchy, now in its 3rd year. NC NOW is a co-sponsor, and better yet, NOW members get a discount. Contact NC NOW on facebook, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for code.
If you want to be involved but also prefer to move less, come table with NOW! Or Volunteer to do something else for the run.
Register for the event at https://app.racereach.com/event/feminist-5k/register
You can find all of the event details at: https://feminist5k.org/event-details.
This is a professionally run event. You will enjoy it!
Fayetteville Police Chief Gina V. Hawkins was recognized by Fayetteville NOW for her leadership abilities during the organization’s Susan B. Anthony Birthday Celebration on Tuesday, 3/12/19. Chief Hawkins is the first woman and first minority to serve in the permanent position of police chief for Fayetteville.
Chief Hawkins is one of six woman police chiefs in North Carolina. She talked about herself and her life and what led her to this job and why. She said many times she was a little girl with a big mouth, and Fayetteville NOW VP, Roberta Waddle, quipped “perfect NOW woman!”
SBA Celebration Attendees, food and drinks to right Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga
Women have been working to get equal rights in the United States for 170 years! Too many people don’t realize women don’t have equal rights. Why is ERA catching fire now? What will it do for women and families? How can you help? North Carolina women are pushing now and pushing hard! Learn more and join the effort!
Actresses Alyssa Milano and Patricia Arquette are on board, and using their star power to bring more attention to the need for ERA. Milano said at a press conference in DC, “It’s 2019 and I still don’t have equal rights under the Constitution. Neither do any of you, the nearly 162 million women across the U.S. The absurdity is mind-boggling: because I have a vagina, my opportunities for equality and justice are limited.”
Patricia Arquette and Alyssa Milano in front. Ellie Smeal behind.
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Triad NOW is having its first International Women’s day Luncheon on Saturday, 3/9/19, from noon to 2:30pm. They have a “knock your socks off” presentation by Purity Ruchugo from Kenya, and an inspiring multi-media presentation about international women activists by Iris Cole.
Keynote Speaker Purity Ruchugo arrived from Kenya to the United States with just $5. She is the founder and CEO of Sister to Sister Outreach Ministries, an international ministry that feeds and educates 100 AIDS orphans in Kenya in addition to supplying housing for mothers of disabled children. Her African craft store is debt free, and she has helped many women start their own businesses in Kenya, as well as helping women with childcare issues here in the US.
Ms. Purity Ruchugo Photo Credit: Triad NOW