What’s at Stake in 2012

Economic Issues

  • Women and Work/Family Policies, April 2012
    The lack of realistic work/family policies seriously impacts women’s lives as well as families’ economic security, and these are issues that we need our elected official to address. Summary of issues by NC MomsRising and the NC Justice Center.
  • Fact Sheet from the NC Justice Center, March 2012
    The Great Recession and the still-plodding recovery hit women in North Carolina especially hard. Both have compounded the effect of the structural inequalities women have been facing for many years … State policymakers’ decisions to deeply cut the state budget and critical programs for women have worsened the impact of the economic downturn on women.
  • Women and the budget, March 2012
    In the last year, we’ve seen deep cuts both at the state and federal levels to programs families relied upon and that our children need to reach their full potential. While lawmakers may call these cuts “discretionary”, women know that these programs are vital. Unfortunately, too often women’s voices aren’t at the table when these decisions are made.

Civil Rights

  • Voter ID as a women’s issue, July 2012
    Since 2010 over 30 states have introduced legislation to require voter photo identification. As many as 3.2 million voters across the country could be impacted in the 2012 election. While this legislation has not passed in NC, it does have supporters in the legislature. If passed it would disproportionately affect women, as well as seniors, youth, African Americans and low income voters.

Education

  • Public Education, April 2012
    The 2012 election is about stopping this destruction of public education and women’s lives. It’s about reinvesting in public education at every level, a reinvestment that promotes access, opportunity, and strong voices for our children, families, and communities.
  • Women and education, March 2012
    High secondary school dropout rates and barriers to higher education and post-secondary training programs affect women and their ability to provide for their families. Threats to Title IX, the key federal law which prohibits sex discrimination in federally funded education programs or activities, risk rolling back the gains women have made.
  • Early childhood development, March 2012
    Children’s earliest experiences literally determine how their brains are wired. With quality early childhood education, our children will be school ready; they’ll have higher graduation rates and they’ll grow into productive citizens and valuable employees.

Environmental Issues

  • Toxic Chemicals, March 2012
    Environmental dangers impact women in disproportionate and significant ways. While there are many examples of environmental threats, one of the most pervasive is the threat posed from toxic chemicals.

Health Care

  • Women and Health Care, March 2012
    A lack of adequate access to health care jeopardizes a woman’s ability to contribute to her community, care for themselves and their families, and be productive members of the work force. Threats to the Affordable Care Act, Title X, and Medicaid would have disproportionate effects on women.

Reproductive Rights

  • Crisis Pregnancy Centers, June 2012
    Two bills passed in 2011 affect the status of CPCs: The approval of a Choose Life license plate (currently being challenged in the courts) would provide funding for them. The Woman’s Right To Know Act would require the state to list CPCs as providers of free ultrasounds, even though they provide these without medical oversight.
  • Emergency Contraception, June 2012
    NC has barriers to expanding access to and availability of emergency contraception. This limits women’s full reproductive freedom. Legislative steps can be taken to eliminate those barriers.

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