We Will Still Advocate….

Yes, there is inclement weather. And yes, the NC General Assembly as of right now is still open. We will be there because of that, but we do recognize that some of you are coming from far away, and some of you have children who may now be home from school, and some of you […]


Why Are You Coming To Women’s Advocacy Day?

To ensure access to quality, affordable health care. For protection of our voting rights. Because we know quality education makes all the difference. To support the caretakers who support so many of us. For a living wage and affordable child care. To be able to make our own decisions about our body. So many reasons […]


Why Women #MoralMarch

  Because we deserve better than the polices we’re being given from the NC General Assembly. All of the issues on the HKonJ agenda affect women uniquely and/or directly. It’s past time our voices were heard. Bring your voice to Raleigh, February 14, 2015. Look for some of us marching under the “women’s rights” banner […]


We Can Do Better….

rape quilt square

You may have heard some stories recently about the problem of sexual assault on campuses across the country. And you may have also heard of some recent efforts to address the issue. We are always happy to see people and institutions take the problem of sexual violence seriously, and we know we need all of us on […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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, […]