It's another long session at the NCGA, which means we will be hosting Women's Advocacy Day this year on March 14th!
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.
Voting 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!
We are proud to be building our movement with fellow advocates like Roberta M. Madden ("Robbie, to her friends"). Robbie has spent a lifetime organizing and agitating, for gender equality, racial equality, and an end to homophobia and discrimination against the LGBT community. While most of this work was done in Louisiana before Robbie moved to North Carolina, we've felt her presence strongly in the few short years Robbie has been a member of our community. You can read more about Robbie's work here, here and here. And please check out the grassroots organization she started, Ratify ERA NC; it is an NCWU member. For more on Robbie's equity work in LA, check out her papers that have been collected at the Louisiana State University Libraries. Read our earlier write up below about Robbie's lifetime of work, including NCWU president Tara Romano's remarks during the award presentation in Raleigh on December 01.
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 advocacy. We are looking for an advocate who is in it for the long haul, who knows that the process of achieving the full political, social and economic equality for the women and girls of North Carolina will take more than one campaign, more than one election cycle and a focus on more than one issue. The advocates we honor are making sure they include a focus on women's issues in everything they do, from social justice organizing to local neighborhood initiatives.
Since its founding, NC Women United’s mission has always been to bring women’s voices to the policy table, knowing that our unique experiences and perspectives are valuable and necessary if we want to create a North Carolina that is a just and equitable state for its women and girls. This mission requires us to both seek out the voices of the women we want to represent and to translate those voices into a public policy and critical services agenda that will lift up all women in the state. This year’s Anne Mackie Award recipient, Becky Mock, is an outstanding example of how to combine these two actions in a way that provides a solid foundation for advocacy.
Named after our founder, the Anne Mackie award was established to recognize an outstanding lifetime of work advocating for the women of NC. There are so many great advocates doing work from the coast to the mountains of NC to empower women in the state; whether it is establishing programs to prevent violence against women, advocating for more women's voices at the NC General Assembly, founding a women's resource center, being a mentor to the next generation of advocates, or just spending a lifetime supporting women, both on an individual level and in the public policy arena, we want to recognize this good work. Too often, we can get caught up in the future challenges and forget about the work that has generated successes in the past; and we need to honor those that have laid the foundations on which we are continuing to work.Read more
Each year, NC Women United presents its Anne Mackie Award to recognize a lifetime contribution to advocacy on behalf of women.
The 2011 recipient of the Anne Mackie Award is Paige Johnson, Vice-President of Public Affairs and Communications at Planned Parenthood of Central NC. Paige served as the President of NC Women United during its formative years from 2001-2005.Read more
The 2010 Anne Mackie Award goes to Nancy Shoemaker.
NCWU president Alison Kiser said, in announcing the awardee,
"Nancy is a strong advocate for women who is extremely deserving of our recognition. Nancy has been involved with NC Women United since 2001 and has been an invaluable resource to all those who have worked with her. She is also very engaged in the work of AAUW and many more of NCWU's member organizations. This is not surprising since Nancy is often the glue that holds our communications and coordination together as a broad-based coalition. She can always be counted on to work tirelessly to push the work of NCWU forward on the Board and in committees, manage IT needs, and to offer a helping hand to anyone who needs it. Nancy has been resource, mentor and leader for so many and I am delighted that NCWU can recognize her in a public forum."
After a career in mathematics and information technology, since 2002 Nancy has concentrated on supporting small nonprofits with web-based and virtual office systems. She came to NCWU through AAUW (the American Association of University Women) and is past-president of AAUW of North Carolina. She is a founding member of the AAUW webmanagers group and the Open Up AAUW network and is a supporter of several of the NCWU member organizations.
Nancy lives with her husband in Raleigh.
NC Women United presented its 2009 Anne Mackie Award to June M. Kimmel of Davidson. The Award recognizes a lifetime contribution to advocacy on behalf of women. All who attended were in agreement that the award and June were a perfect match. We were also pleased that the award's namesake, Anne Mackie, could join us.Read more