Our mission is to empower the next generation to end gender inequality and promote gender equity in North Carolina through student-led research and advocacy for local policy change.
Very simply, gender equality is the state in which access to rights and/or opportunities are not affected by gender.
No, WomenNC is open to support from anyone who believes in the importance of gender equality.
WomenNC established the prestigious WomenNC Scholars Program in 2009. The WomenNC Scholars Program is a leadership training program that targets students at North Carolina universities to conduct research on the status of women in North Carolina and to formulate policy and budget recommendations that address issues of gender inequity. The WomenNC Scholars Program is comprised of a 5-part workshop series at which student scholars are trained to be advocates, social scientific researchers, and public speakers in addition to learning about the United Nations, particularly about the power and influence of the Commission on the Status of Women. Knowledge is power. WomenNC commits to educating the community on issues affecting women in the state through our Critical Conversations Lunch ‘n’ Learns. Through this program WomenNC wants to empower women everywhere to become educated in their rights and access.
Volunteer opportunities are always available at WomenNC. We invite any individuals that care about gender inequity in North Carolina to join us on one of our committees which include marketing and public relations, fundraising, and programming.
No, our board members volunteer their time.
WomenNC Scholars are chosen through a rigorous application and interview process at participating North Carolina universities.
WomenNC has trained 70 university students from UNC-CH, Duke, NC State, NC Central and UNC-Greensboro, Shaw University, Meredith College, and Bennett College to address a plethora of issues in our state’s communities. WomenNC scholar research projects have included issues regarding the racialized gender gap, lack of appropriate computer science curricula to attract and retain women in the Durham Public School System, and how the intersectionality of HIV diagnoses, intimate partner violence and lack of affordable housing combine to disadvantage women.
Our scholars’ projects have impacted the lives of women and girls. Some examples include: Changing education policy regarding representation in STEM education for women in Durham high school computer science classes; How period products are distributed on NC State’s campus; Providing timely and accurate information regarding ancillary services to pregnant mothers at a community health center in Durham; Advocating for more affordable housing option for Durham residents; Proposing a public health trial in Eastern North Carolina regarding the relationship between positive dental health, prenatal health, and pediatric health outcomes; Formulating policies to expand child care services to Durham county residents.
Lunch n’ Learns are webinars hosted by WomenNC which allow the public at-large to hear from experts in a variety of fields of particular interest to women.
Topics and speakers are chosen in numerous ways which include topics of interest to women in general, topics of interest to WomenNC scholars, and topics of interest focused on gender equity in North Carolina.
Donations to WomenNC are used to train university students to conduct original research on the status of women and children in North Carolina with the goal of ending gender inequality and promoting gender equity. WomenNC has supported scholars in projects that have provided the communities in which they live and/or serve impactful research on various issues affecting women and children in the state.
We believe that everyone benefits from the work of WomenNC. Gender equality makes communities safer, healthier, smarter, and promotes higher economic productivity. Specifically, WomenNC scholars are empowered to use their voices to affect change in their communities and communities are impacted by individuals working for their betterment.
Yes, donations to WomenNC are 100% tax deductible.
WomenNC is not a political organization and does not donate to political campaigns. We believe gender equality is important to everyone regardless of political affiliation.