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“I Love The ERA” Cookie Drop Summary and Pix

Great turnout at the “I Love The ERA” Cookie Drop  on Jun 7, 2017, at the NC Legislative Building. There were over 35 people there – mostly women of all ages, but also some young men. One of the ERA-NC Alliance board members celebrated her birthday at the cookie drop with her daughter, female and male grandchildren, and friends! ERA-NC Alliance is an alliance of many women’s groups and individuals who recognize the need for ERA.

ERA Cookie Delivery group at beginning of event. More joined. Photo Credit: Marlene Rosol

The ERA, Equal Rights Amendment, is a constitutional amendment simply affording women the same rights as men under the law. The only right women have guaranteed right now – is the right to vote. Under the 3-state strategy, three more states are needed to ratify the ERA. In March 2017, Nevada went ahead and did it!  Read more in “ERA One Step Closer To Ratification After Passage in the [Nevada] Assembly“. Now we only need two more states to ratify.  Senator Heidi Gansert, a Republican in Nevada who voted for the ERA said,

“I understand now today, here in Nevada and across the world, there’s a crescendo building … I can hear it, and I can feel it.”

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What do you know about “Equal Pay Day”?

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, 

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Take Action: Move NC Adopt ERA Bills Along!

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

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NOW Well-Represented at VFA Sharing Our Stories Event

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.

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Sharing Our Stories Day Long Event in Durham on 3/31/17

Please join NOW members and leaders at Veteran Feminist of America’s  “Sharing Our Stories” event in Durham on 3/31/17. This event had been previously posted on 2/2/17 in the set with upcoming February/March events on 2/2/17

“Historians and Feminists: An Intergenerational Conversation” will begin at 9:30 am with a keynote address by Dr. Nancy MacLean. That will be followed by three panel discussions between Second Wave activists and young historians who are studying the women’s movement. Find out more at http://www.sharingourstories2017.org/. If you want to attend but don’t have a ticket, I would suggest you go to the event and see if they have room.

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ERA Update (Two State Strategy!) and ERA Events

Just last week, on March 22, 2017, the state of Nevada ratified the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), 45 years to the day after it was passed by Congress and sent to states! This is big exciting news for women who want a permanent guarantee of basic human rights for women locked in the US Constitution.

That’s the good news. Let’s turn our attention to the stalemate that is the passage of the ERA in North Carolina. North Carolina, where only about 25% of legislators are women. (13/50 in Senate, 29 of 120 in House, per http://www.ncleg.net/library/Documents/WomenintheGA.pdf )

I’m proud to say that the National Organization for Women (NOW) has a long history of working for the ERA nationally and in North Carolina. Most of the women I know who joined NC NOW in the 1970s or early 1980s did so to pass the ERA. And many are still working for equality and fairness for women and others. Still. You could say we have a thing or two in common with Senator Elizabeth Warren – we persist.

In fact, there are two events at the NC General Assembly as part of Women’s Mobilization Monday on March 27, 2017 – a press conference at 3pm and another event at 6:30pm. We’d like to get more people there for 6:30pm, but come to either one or both!

Photo Credit: NC4ERA.Org

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Jan Allen Day Declared in Chapel Hill on 9/3/15

Jan Allen has received many awards for her work to champion reproductive rights over the years. She is a lifetime member of NC NOW, but she also co-founded Lillian’s List in 1997. Lillian’s List does active recruiting, training and supporting of progressive pro-choice woman candidates. Because of her successful work, September 3, 2015 was declared “Jan Allen Day” by the Town of Chapel Hill! 

Jan received that honor for all of the work that she has done to champion reproductive freedom in North Carolina. Jan received the Susan Hill Award from Naral in 2013.

Jan will be recognized again at the “Sharing Our Stories” event on 3/31/17, in Durham NC.

When Jan’s 80th birthday was celebrated at a Lillian’s List Chapel Hill Reception, Secretary of State Elaine Marshall introduced Jan. Secretary Marshall said, “There is not a more dedicated feminist or champion of reproductive freedom in the entire state than Jan Allen!”

Jan’s work shows the powerful change people can enact on their community if they just try. Thank you, Jan!

History of Charlotte NOW for Women’s History Month, 3/27/17

The Charlotte NOW chapter convened on July 5, 1972 and Charlotte NOW President Cindy Thomson was there. Thomson and another one of the original members of Charlotte NOW are presenting on chapter history for Women’s History Month. Thomson has stayed active with NOW all these years!  

Second Wave Feminism Marchers and Signs – Look Familiar? Photo Credit: thinglink

In February 2017, Charlotte NOW did a presentation on Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, who were part of the First Feminist Wave. At this March event, Charlotte NOW will talk about the Second Wave Feminism that began in the mid-1960’s. Maybe you have a story to share. And if you are part of the Third Wave, beginning in the 1990’s, they’d love to hear from you, too.

In addition to the history program, Charlotte NOW members will elect new officers. If you are a member and wish to be more involved, e-mail cltnow at yahoo.com or join online here.

Date: Monday, March 27, 2017
Time: 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Place: Unitarian Universalist Church; 234 N. Sharon Amity Road; Charlotte, NC 28211      

2017 Pro-choice Signature Ad Letter Rocks! Options for you..

The 2017 Pro-choice signature letter is a very powerful look at what the NCGA should be doing to help women. Read it at 2017 Pro-choice Signature Ad Letter.

This letter will be delivered in Pro-Choice signature ad packets today, 3/20/17, to our state Senators and House Representatives at 4:30pm. Come join us if you can – Legislative Building, 16 W. Jones St, Raleigh NC. We’ll deliver from 4:45-6:45 and go to dinner afterward. Call NC NOW to RSVP at 919-539-7702.

Removed from the letter, but still true is this fact. Overall North Carolina is “extremely hostile” to abortion, according to the Guttmacher Institute, “22 States are Extremely Hostile To Abortion“, 1/3/17. 

-Gailya Paliga 
 President, NC National Organization for Women

NC NOW Newsletter – March/April 2017

Latest newsletter at NC NOW Newsletter, March and April 2017. This description is from the President’s Voice section on the front page, telling you what is in the newsletter.

People have woken up in NC! We had an unbelievable turnout at the Women’s March On Raleigh (WMOR) and in 12 other cities in NC!! And 3 weeks later at the Moral March and HKonJ Assembly on 2/11/17 had its largest turnout to date. The WMOR had estimates ranged from 12,000 to 40,000 people. Read about the WMOR on page 4. Read about HKonJ on page 2. People are raring to go!

Also, constituents have found a new way to deal with elected officials who are trying to ignore them—have the meetings without them! This is happening with town hall meetings around the state and country! And this may be happening with NC bills sent to die in committee. More on page 2 and page 5.

Some realize the value of experience, and NC NOW is helping provide that. NC NOW, LWV, BPW and ACLU did an Advocacy 101 training on Feb 16, and are planning another for March 28 at NCAE. More on page 3.

To get news and events and actions in a timely manner, please send your current email address to president at raleighnow.org. Or join or volunteer through our website at www.northcarolinanow.org. Stay up to date on NC NOW and local chapter news through email and facebook.