Our 2019-2020 Legislative Agenda

Built on a survey of our member organizations and women across the state, our legislative agenda is a snapshot of the most important issues facing the women of NC today.

Given our history of an intersectional approach to feminism, we have reworded our categories of issues and have added a new one -

  • Economic Stability
  • Expand Access to Healthcare
  • Promote and Inclusive and Equitable Democracy
  • End Gender-Based Violence
  • Advance Climate and Environmental Justice

Here is the full report:

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Families Belong Together

As a coalition of progressive organizations and individuals working to achieve the full political, social, and economic equality of all women across NC, we can not turn away from the urgent need for all people of conscience to speak out in the face of this humanitarian crisis happening at our borders.  We know that supporting women supports families; and we know that parents will often take risks to make sure their children have the opportunities they do not. We will not condone punishing parents, and by extension punishing their children, for taking the risk of improving their families' lives. 

Wednesday June 20th marked world Refugee day but for many it was less than celebratory.   On a day designated by the United Nations to commemorate the resilience and courage of refugees and their contributions to society, we were all inundated with images and sounds of traumatized women and children separated and detained as the result of a dangerous and unnecessary zero-tolerance immigration strategy. Whether women are fleeing domestic, sexual or gang violence; escaping desperate poverty brought on by aggressive free trade policies and unregulated capitalism, or searching for a better life for their families, these are not criminal acts.  We condemn the cruel and inhumane policies and practices that are separating desperate families at the border, and upending people's lives.

We encourage everyone to call/write their Congressional reps on the issue, and write letters-to-the-editor to push back on ANY racism and xenophobia they come across in the news. This is not the time to stay silent.

Join us for Women's Advocacy Day 2017!

It's another long session at the NCGA, which means we will be hosting Women's Advocacy Day this year on March 14th!


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Some Important Truths About the Zika Crisis and Reproductive Freedom

This article originally appeared in NC Policy Watch. It was written by NCWU President and NARAL Pro-Choice Executive Director Tara Romano. 

Summer is winding down here in North Carolina, but the heat isn’t going away just yet. And neither are the mosquitoes. In the Southeast, mosquito season can last until November, depending on the timing of the first frost. As Florida has now recorded more than 60 non-travel-related Zika cases, mosquitos are on the mind of many state officials and public health professionals. They will also likely be on the minds of women of childbearing age, who continue to confront the dire warnings about the dangers of a Zika infection during pregnancy.

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On Tomorrow’s 96th Anniversary, the Struggle for Women’s Equality Continues

The following article was originally posted in NC Policy Watch. From NCWU President and NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina Executive Director Tara Romano.

Tomorrow, August 26, is celebrated as Women’s Equality Day, commemorating the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution. This amendment proclaimed that “the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” Sounds like women got the right to vote on that day in 1920, right? Well, not entirely.


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Your 2016 Voting FAQ Guide is Here!

voting-uterus-MM-2014-kay.jpgVoting rules and regulations have become quite complicated in North Carolina since 2013, with plenty of ups and downs. This fall's big election will be a test for what we have in place. You may have questions, and we try our best to provide you the answers. Check out this 2016 Voter FAQ here, and see you at the polls!

North Carolina: Big talk but little real action in protecting pregnant workers

The following article was originally posted in NC Policy Watch. From NCWU President and NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina Executive Director Tara Romano.

One of the less-well-reported aspects of North Carolina’s notorious HB2 law as it originally read was a provision thatremoved state protections from on-the-job discrimination (a protection later added back in, but in a weaker form).

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My grandmother, voter ID and the federal courts

This article by NCWU President Tara Romano originally appeared in NC Policy Watch. NCWU and our members/partners believe in free and fair elections, with full transparency of elections rules and regulations, and equal access to the ballot. Over the past few years, no proponents of strict voter ID laws have been able to point to recent cases of in-person voter fraud; but instances of voter suppression have repeatedly been found by the courts. 

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Raising the Minimum Wage Will Help Promote Equal Pay for Women

As part of The North Carolina Justic Center's #WageWeek celebration, they invited partners to contribute to their blog series on the importance of raising the minimum wage. The below piece was written by Bronwen Wade with NC Women United and originally posted on Progressive Voices. 


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What You Need to Know About the Latest Supreme Court Abortion Ruling

(The following article by NCWU President and NARAL Pro-Choice Executive Director Tara Romano originally appeared in NC Policy Watch)

Forty-three years after the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion, American women can still access this procedure if that is their decision. Maybe. Depending on where they live; what kind of health insurance they have; their financial status and transportation options; how much paid time off (or any time off) they have; their access to child care; and how safe their nearest clinic may be from aggressive protestors.

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