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

Emma Akpan, NCWU

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 […]


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

WEmatter

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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#WEmatter Campaign

On August 26, Women’s Equality Day, we will be joining with state and national partners to amplify what have traditionally been considered – and therefore sometimes pushed to the side – “women’s issues”. We know, however, that women’s issues are everyone’s issues, and it’s beyond time our lawmakers started listening to our voices. Women matter, […]


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Who Matters? NC Women Matter….

bennet emma and tara

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 […]


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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)

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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

BPW Documentary Screening and Panel, October 2013, Raleigh

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 […]


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Building the Foundations of Reproductive Justice in North Carolina

RJ Youth Summit 2014

A few weeks ago, member NARAL Pro-Choice NC hosted a Reproductive Justice Youth Summit. Over 75 young advocates (16 – 24 years old) came together in Chapel Hill to learn about reproductive justice, community organizing, effective leadership and how many different social justice issues – such as racial equity, economic justice, environmental issues and voting […]


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The Hobby Lobby Case is About More Than Just Those 4 Types of Contraception (although that’s bad enough)

Since the SCOTUS Hobby Lobby Decision on June 30: As with just about any case that makes it to the SCOTUS, we will need time to sort out how this decision will play out in the day-to-day reality of Americans’ lives. All SCOTUS decisions have consequences, intended or not; and to those who want the […]


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Thoughts on the SCOTUS Hobby Lobby Decision

Jina Dhillon, immediate past-president of NCWU, and staff at NCWU member Ipas,  generously provided us with the below post of last week’s Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decision in the Burwell v Hobby Lobby Store, Inc. case, in which 5 of the SCOTUS justices essentially said that what constitutes women’s health care and fair employee compensation is up […]


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