On Wednesday, June 10, the NC NAACP and Forward Together Moral Movement came together in Raleigh to fight for women's rights. Before gathering in the People's House rotunda, they delivered this agenda to Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore. Below are just some of the ways in which the governor and General Assembly's extremist policies have had a disproportionately negative impact on women across North Carolina.
Of the 3,575,713 registered women voters in 2012, 202,714 or 5.7% of registered women voters lack the identification necessary to vote, according to the Southern Coalition for Social Justice. Meanwhile, of the 3,079,589 registered male voters in 2012, 115,930 or 3.8% lack necessary photo ID. In other words, nearly twice as many registered women voters lack the photo ID as similarly situated men. Of all registered voters lacking photo ID, 63.62% are women.
Failing to expand Medicaid in North Carolina leaves approximately 250,000 women without access to affordable health insurance. It also leaves 40,000 women not having access to recommended preventive screenings.
According to a 2013 report by the NC Justice Center, women comprised 61% of workers who would be directly affected by a minimum wage raise to just $9.