Looking Back and Ahead as the 2015 North Carolina General Assembly Long Session Begins

Written by: Isabella Higgins, NCWU intern Last week marked the beginning of the North Carolina General Assembly’s long session. In preparation for the 2015 long session, it is important to review legislation and budgeting passed over the last two years. Unfortunately, numerous bills and an inadequate budget were passed in 2013 and 2014 that are […]


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Our 2014 Anne Mackie Award Winner – Erin Dale Byrd

Erin Dale Byrd, 2014 AMA recipient

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 […]


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

The Brown Family

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 […]


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What Do These Awareness Days Mean, Anyway?

Orange is the Color of the 16 Days UN Campaign

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 […]


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Teaching Advocacy

Marie Garlock, Women NC and Tara Romano, NCWU

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 […]


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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, […]


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How Reproductive Justice Can Touch the Lives of Black Women

This article by NCWU Director of Policy Emma Akpan was originally posted by NCWU member Women AdvaNCe. I only just recently stumbled upon the phrase,“reproductive justice.” And by recently, I mean in the past year. I’ve identified with being “pro-choice” almost all my life and I’ve believed that access to safe and legal abortion and birth […]


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I Early-Voted….

I Early Voted

Yes, I cast my ballot early – on the second day of early voting, Friday, October 24. I am a big fan of early voting, and love that we have that option in NC (not all states do). I do not work in the county I live in, so my voting on a weekday would […]


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Why #WEVote

 Thanks to everyone who came out to our “Women’s Night Out” at the Full Frame Theater at the American Tobacco Campus in Durham last week.  Much like a GOTV (“get out the vote”) pep rally two days before early voting was set to begin, NCWU partnered with Action NC to bring Triangle women together to […]


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Why #WEVote

Beth Messersmith, NC MomsRising

Thanks to everyone who came out to our “Women’s Night Out” at the Full Frame Theater at the American Tobacco Campus in Durham last week.  Much like a GOTV (“get out the vote”) pep rally two days before early voting was set to begin, NCWU partnered with Action NC to bring Triangle women together to […]


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