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


Erin Dale Byrd, 2014 AMA recipient

Our 2014 Anne Mackie Award Winner – Erin Dale Byrd

Since 2008, NC Women United has awarded an annual Anne Mackie Award to a long-time advocate working to achieve the full equality for the women and girls of North Carolina. Our criteria for making this award doesn’t focus on any particular issue affecting women and girls, nor does it focus on a particular type of […]

The Brown Family

Our Tears for Mike Brown (and Many Others) are Not in Vain

This article by NCWU Director of Policy Emma Akpan was originally published by member Women AdvaNCe.  I am grieving. I am grieving the loss of Mike Brown and countless other Black men and women who have lost their lives to police violence. By now, we all know the story. On August 9th, Mike Brown was gunned down […]

Orange is the Color of the 16 Days UN Campaign

What Do These Awareness Days Mean, Anyway?

Yesterday was a difficult day for those who want to believe in the promise of a fair and equal society, one in which all of us are respected simply on the basis of our shared humanity. As I read through the reports on social media, I also noticed it was the International Day for the […]

Marie Garlock, Women NC and Tara Romano, NCWU

Teaching Advocacy

Recently, the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) held their national conference on UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus. Believing that “activism is a way of life“, organizers of the conference contacted local advocacy groups to present at some of the sessions, including NCWU, and members Women NC and Ipas. With one of the main conference organizers coming from […]


Medicaid Expansion in NC? Let’s Talk about Infant Mortality and Maternal Health

This article by NCWU Director of Policy Emma Akpan was originally posted at RH Reality Check.  The North Carolina NAACP and a coalition of organizations fighting for Medicaid expansion in North Carolina recently held a funeral procession to demonstrate the result of our governor’s decision not to expand the jointly funded federal and state health-care program for low-income residents. According to protesters, […]