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



Scenes from a Women’s Equality Day rally – because #WEmatter

Thanks to everyone who came out for our very successful Women’s Equality Day rally as part of the Moral Week of Action this past Tuesday, August 26! Rallies are always a lot of work to put together, but our members and partners came together and did a fantastic job. We especially want to thank: ActionNC, […]

Emma Akpan, NCWU

Women’s Equality Day Comes to North Carolina, Amid the Moral Week of Action

By Emma Akpan, Director of Policy, NCWU; cross-posted from RH Reality Check While I was in church on Sunday, I thought about the hard choices women face. My preacher spoke from a passage in Exodus about the saving of Moses. As the story goes, the pharaoh was planning to kill all the Hebrew boys in […]


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 […]