Women’s Rights


A crowd of people gather outside the Supreme Court early Tuesday. The U.S. Supreme Court could be poised to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion nationwide. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
With Roe v. Wade in Danger, Here’s What North Carolina Leaders are Saying

State and national leaders from North Carolina joined the fierce reaction to a draft opinion from the US Supreme Court placing abortion rights in jeopardy.

In this 2014 file photo, women protest anti-abortion rights laws passed by North Carolina Republicans. With the US Supreme Court expected to undo Roe V. Wade, elections for the state legislature and the governor's office could be enormous in NC. (Shutterstock)
Abortion Would Still Be Legal in NC if Roe Falls—But Marginalized Communities Will Suffer

Future access to abortion rights in North Carolina will very likely hinge on who wins the state legislature and the governor’s office. 

To address the health risks that many women face after pregnancy, North Carolina is extending Medicaid coverage to a year after a pregnancy.
Been Pregnant or Given Birth in NC? You May Be Eligible for a Year of Health Coverage

Low-income women in North Carolina are now eligible for a year’s worth of Medicaid coverage after a pregnancy or birth.

Despite 50% of Native American and Alaska Native women having experienced sexual violence at the hands of non-Native offenders, for decades those perpetrators were able  to skirt justice due to murky jurisdiction and tribal courts’ limited resources. The reauthorized act now gives tribes resources and support to prosecute these types of offences.
Updated Violence Against Women Act Boosts Protections for Native Survivors

The reauthorized Violence Against Women Act rectifies old loopholes that allowed non-Native offenders to escape punishment for assaults on tribal lands.

The gender pay gap is even worse for women of color. Equal Pay Day was conceived to show how long women must work to earn what men made by Dec. 31 of the previous year.
Today is Equal Pay Day. But Not for Black, Native, and Latina Women.

Equal Pay Day was started to raise awareness about the gender wage gap. But research shows race also plays an outsized role in earnings.

Ella Baker of Littleton, NC was a strategizing genius and the secret weapon behind much of the Civil Rights movement's success. Paired with Fannie Lou Hamer's charismatic force, the duo set the stage for the signing of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
Fannie Lou Hamer And Ella Baker Didn’t Take a Seat at the Table, They Flipped It

In 1964, Ella Baker and Fannie Lou Hamer changed the landscape of US politics with a Black-led party, opening the door of democracy wider for all.

Most voters are unaware of it, but abortion rights in NC and across the country could be one election away from falling if the US Supreme Court undermines Roe v. Wade this summer.
North Carolina’s Two Senators Blocked Bill Safeguarding Women’s Reproductive Rights

A federal push to guarantee women in the United States access to abortions failed this week after Republicans including Sens. Burr and Tillis blocked debate.