Planned Parenthood Supporters Act!

NCWU President Tara Romano presenting a timeline on abortion access in NC.

Member Planned Parenthood South Atlantic kicked off its first Action Forum at UNC Greensboro recently. Look for these action forums, designed to engage PP supporters in the work for reproductive justice, to continue taking place across the state this winter. The below article was written by NCWU VP and PPSAT field organizer Heather Williams. On […]


Medicaid Expansion is a Women’s Health Issue

Medicaid Die-In Participants

  Since the 2012 Supreme Court decision that upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), North Carolina is one of 20 states that has still opted to NOT expand Medicaid. In making this legislative decision, approximately 500,000 North Carolinians still do not have access to affordable, quality health insurance, limiting their ability to […]


Domestic Violence and Medicaid Expansion

Speaking at a recent press event on North Carolina’s failure to expand Medicaid, I brought up the fact that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. There are very real and substantial connections between access to health care and efforts to end domestic and sexual violence.  I would hope that people can connect these dots, but […]


Tolling the Damage to Reproductive Freedom from the 2015 General Assembly

This article, from member NARAL-NC Policy Analyst and Operations Coordinator and NCWU board director Chavi Khanna Koneru, was originally published at member NC Justice Center‘s NC Policy Watch site.  We are finally on the other side of the tunnel that was the 2015 legislative session, and it has now become clear that the reproductive freedoms of North […]


Veto this Bill

Stop HB318

NCWU is proud to stand with the immigrant community, anti-poverty advocates and others in calling for the Governor to veto HB318. This bill is not about protecting North Carolina workers. It’s about scapegoating the immigrant community for the failures of our state leadership to contribute to a robust economy that benefits all. It’s about deflecting […]


Legislature, McCrory approve another late-session assault on reproductive freedom


(cross-posted from member NC Policy Watch‘s site; this article was written by NCWU President Tara Romano; with input from members Planned Parenthood and National Association of Social Workers – NC Chapter). While the recently-concluded session of the North Carolina General Assembly felt like it lasted forever, it was only about six months ago that a […]


NC NOW’s Annual Conference

adams, nc now

NC NOW, a member of the NC Women United coalition, held its annual conference in Winston Salem, NC on October 10th. The conference theme was Focusing Women’s Power NOW! Congresswoman Alma Adams delivered a powerful, thoughtful, and personal keynote address. “Women are pushing back and moving forward, demanding our human rights and freedom from unwanted intrusions in […]


There’s No Such Thing as an “Off-Year Election”

vote early sticker

Although we do acknowledge that the municipal elections held in odd-numbered years come awfully close in many people’s minds. Despite the fact that these elections determine who will run our cities and towns – and in some municipalities, who will run the local boards of education – turnout is typically very, very low.  In 2013, the […]


Women’s Equality Day – What are We Still Fighting For?

Tazra Mitchell, 2nd VP

Today, August 26, 2015, is the 95th anniversary of the certification of the ratification of the 19th amendment to the US Constitution, establishing the right of women in America to vote. Establishing a right and making good on that promise, of course, are two very different things. What was started in 1920 as the promise of […]


Feminism and My Path to Recovery

This essay was written by our former intern, Isabella Higgins. It was originally posted at I still remember the first time I felt “fat.” I was trying on my new bikini that my mom and I bought the week before. I ran over to my mom, looked at her, and sobbed, “Mom, I don’t like how […]