Organize Now…New Voter Rules are Coming

NC Women Matter is partnering with Democracy North Carolina and 24 other statewide organizations in a non-partisan campaign to help every potential voter in North Carolina learn the new rules associated with voting and ensure that no vote is suppressed. Operation Jump Start is a statewide effort to connect the work of individuals and organizations to maximize our collective impact as we educate potential voters about the new election law changes, changes that go far beyond voter id.

There are dozens of ways you can support this campaign.  You can assist with voter registration.  You can distribute materials.  (The Democracy-NC web site has lots of downloadable materials for distribution.)  You can monitor Board of Election meetings or become an election protection volunteer. You can help people get the necessary ID or you can be trained in the nuances of the new law and spread the word through presentations. To get started, go to Democracy-NC.org and click on the Operation Jump Start section.  Fill in the volunteer form and be sure to mention that you are a part of NC Women Matter, or send a message to us at info@ncwomenmatter.org and we will be back to you with suggestions and specific activities in your area in which you can become a part.

It is our responsibility to be sure that all potential voters (especially women voters) have the information and tools they need to vote – in the primary in May and the general election in November.

Women and the Work Force: Learn More!

Here are links for more information on this morning’s call.

You’ve got three ways to listen to the call. For all of these you probably want to skip the first 5 minutes and 30 seconds, a recording of the participants gathering.

  1. Download the call to your MP3 player via link to recording
  2. Listen to the call on your computer (if your browser supports this):



    (Click in the progress bar to move the current listening point)
  3. Use your telephone to hear the recording by
    calling 1-626-677-3003 (long distance)
    access code 883066 (playback controls)

Background from the NY Times (May 2013)

Thanks to AAUW for the graphic calling for Equal PayInformation from Mary Peterson, AAUW NC, on the Gender Wage Gap

Information from Rachel Lyons, MomsRising, on the FAMILY Act (upcoming federal legislation)

Information from Sabine Schoenbach, NC Justice Center, on the state of working women in North Carolina:

If you want to bring training on women’s rights in the workplace to a group in your community, contact Beth Messersmith at beth@momsrising.org. The Justice Center and MomsRising offer free training for gatherings of women across the state. Childcare and dinner are provided.

If you missed the call, be sure to sign up for our newsletter to get updates in the future.

Women in the Workforce: Get Updated!

On October 18, 2013, NC Women Matter will continue our Friday morning conference calls, this time focusing on women and equity in the workforce.  We will hear from

  • Mary Peterson, president of AAUW NC presenting AAUW’s recent findings on pay equity nationally,
  • Ruth Martin, a senior campaign director from MomsRising to share information on  a new national legislative initiative, The Family Act, and
  • Sabine Schoenbach, a policy analyst with the NC Justice Center who will bring us up to date on what is happening in North Carolina.

Join us, 9:30 – 10:15 for another fast-paced, informative call.

If you already get our newsletter, check for your copy about this call, and use the registration link there. Otherwise, sign up to get the call-in info at this link: http://eepurl.com/qd10j

Listen to our call on the Affordable Care Act

On this morning’s “Get Updated!” NC Women Matter conference call, Adam Linker of the NC Justice Center and Emily Callen of Planned Parenthood Health Systems discussed what you need to know about the roll out of the Affordable Care Act.

Two key links:

  • www.healthcare.gov has information on the new insurance marketplaces
  • Smart NC, 877-885-0231, a state agency (part of the Department of Insurance) set up to help you get answers to your health insurance questions

See also the links to additional resources that were posted with our notice of this call.

You’ve got three ways to listen to the call:

  1. Download the call to your MP3 player via link to recording
  2. Listen to the call on your computer (if your browser supports this):


  3. Use your telephone to hear the recording by
    calling 1-626-677-3003 (long distance)
    access code 278129

If you missed the call, be sure to sign up for our newsletter to get updates in the future.

Join us on Sept. 13: Get Updated on the ACA

Our “Get Updated!” series of conference calls continues on

Friday, Sept. 13
9:30 – 10:15 am

with a discussion of the Affordable Care Act.

Adam Linker of the NC Justice Center will be our guide through the complexities of the Act with a fast-paced discussion of the issues surrounding its roll out this year.

To get the call-in information, please visit our subscription page to join our community and RSVP to the call. If you’re already receiving our newsletters, you should have had an “update” link in our recent issue.

Main resource on ACA issues: www.healthcare.gov

In the meantime, here are some resources to help you learn more about a topic that is perhaps the best recent example of the fact that elections matter!