Our Impact

What's the Problem?

Women in the U.S. working full- and part-time make 85 percent of what their male counterparts earn.1

Across the U.S., 15.5 percent of women live in poverty compared with 11.9 percent of men.2

Although women make up nearly 51 percent of the U.S. population, only 27 percent of Congress is comprised of women.1

At Fortune 500 companies, women currently account for just 7.4 percent of CEOs.3

In 2019, only 25 percent of American computing jobs are held by women.4

Around one third of women worldwide have experienced physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner.5


1. Pew Research Center
2. Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR)
3. Fortune
4. Dreamhost
5. United Nations Statistics Division

To overcome these inequalities, WomenNC scholars research gender disparities at the local level in such areas as:

We have had WomenNC Scholars from the following academic institutions:

Completed 6 projects on the status of Women in NC with more than 30 students in collaboration with UNC Public Policy

  • Convened “Critical Conversations” Expert Educational Panels on the following topics:

    • Voting Rights
    • Equal Rights Amendment
    • Sexual Assault
    • Sex Trafficking
    • LGBTQ+ Healthcare Access
    • Reproductive Healthcare Access
      And More!

Our series of “Critical Conversations” brings together experts to discuss issues that affect North Carolina’s women and girls, offering insight, education, and advocacy.

24 partners in community education and advocacy

NCSU - The Movement

Collaboration with more than 13 appointed and elected local and state officials on policy recommendations:

N.C. Senator Natalie Murdock
N.C. Senator Sarah Crawford
Former N.C. Senator Terry Van Duyn
N.C. House Representative Vernetta Alston
N.C. Senator Natasha Marcus
Vivian Slade, Durham County Women’s Commission
N.C. House Representative Rachel Hunt
Christine Kushner, Wake County School Board
Durham County Commissioner Nida Allam
N.C. Senator Sydney Batch
N.C. Secretary of State Elaine Marshall
Jessica Englert, Policy Director, N.C. Governor’s Office
Wake County Commissioner Jessica Holmes