Welcome to 2021: NEW year, but SAME priorities. We want equal rights for all women codified into law with the Equal Rights Amendment.
In Case You Missed It: A recording of the event from January 15th is available on our Facebook page.
WomenNC and ERA – NC Alliance hosted a virtual “lunch and learn” to educate attendees about the Equal Rights Amendment and heard from guest speakers, Senator Natalie Murdock, NC Housing Coalition Director of Organizing Adrienne Spinner, and Former Senator Terry Van Duyn. Joined by Lori Bunton, Co-President of the ERA – NC Alliance, and Joy Cook, founder, and CEO of Joy Cook Public Relations, the guest speakers emphasized the importance of ERA ratification, discussed the intersection of race and gender, and shared next steps for advocates to get involved.
“There are 4.2 million women living in North Carolina and zero of them have equal rights.” (9:00).
Senator Natalie Murdock spoke about the “breadth and diversity of the ERA,” and how it would protect members of the LGBTQ+ community. (21:21)
Former Senator Terry Van Duyn acknowledged the economic component of the ERA and that “when women do better, families do better.” (25:04)
Adrienne Spinner delivered two messages:
- For Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and the LGBTQ+ community, she urged their prioritization within the ERA, “… [as] we have always received our protections last.”
- A call to action for white, cisgender women – to acknowledge the history of white-centered feminism, and then pursue systemic change with racial and gender justice for a “more equal and just world.” (29:22)
January 21, 2021 – North Carolina legislators press again for ERA ratification: AP published an article on ERA in North Carolina and the efforts of General Assembly lawmakers and activists.