Who We Are

NC Women United (NCWU) is a coalition of progressive organizations and individuals working to achieve the full political, social, and economic equality of all women across North Carolina. NCWU works to build women’s power through grassroots activism, community organizing, legislative advocacy, and engagement in the political process. Learn more



Women’s Equality Day 2014 – because we’re not there yet…

August 26 is the day we commemorate the 19th Amendment, when U.S. women were—on paper—granted the right to vote. However, we know consistently bringing all women’s voices to our policy and political tables has been a work in progress since that day in 1920.  And this work continues today in the face of extreme voting […]

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Who Matters? NC Women Matter….

This time last summer, women across the state – who had spent the first half of 2013 pushing back against legislation that blocked Medicaid expansion, cut unemployment benefits and decimated vital public service funding – were mobilized like we hadn’t in years to stop the surprise attacks on our reproductive rights.   Unfortunately, our efforts were […]


What is a “Women’s Issue”? Women of Color Challenge the Prevailing Narrative

This article, by NCWU Director of Policy Emma Akpan, originally appeared in RH Reality Check. It is cross-posted below. Last summer, in response to an onslaught of attacks on abortion and contraceptive access by the North Carolina General Assembly, activists behind the Moral Mondays demonstrations decided to dedicate an upcoming protest to women’s issues. Moral Mondays gather folksfrom […]

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E.R.A Won’t Go Away! (and we don’t want it to)

Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex. That, in a nutshell, is the whole of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Sure doesn’t sound like something that could have created such a fuss all these years, does […]

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Business and Professional Women: A History, A Movement

How much do you know about our member Business and Professional Women of North Carolina?  Did you know they are celebrating the 95th anniversary of their founding? How about that one of their first orders of business at their inaugural state convention in June 1919 was an endorsement of ratification of the 19th amendment to […]