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The Fayetteville Chapter of the National Organization for Women (Fayetteville NOW) celebrated Women’s Equality Day 2020 with a Virtual Program led by Roberta Waddle. The Keynote Speaker was the Honorable Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson. The program drew participants from Fayetteville, Hope Mills, Linden, Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and other cities. Waddle and Fayetteville NOW had been highlighting at least 10 local women leaders “Women of Cumberland” on Facebook leading up to the event.
Women’s Equality Day is celebrated on August 26 to commemorate the 1920 adoption of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution. The 19th Amendment prohibits the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex, although women of color were still denied that right for other reasons for decades after 1920. The National Organization for Women was part of getting “Women’s Equality Day” declared with a massive protest on the 50th anniversary of adoption of the 19th amendment. Congresswoman Bella Abzug introduced the bill to get the holiday declared in 1971. The 100th anniversary leads to other questions – like what other legal protections do women need?
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 women winning the right to vote. The League of Women Voters helped organize the program 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.