The Status of Women in North Carolina

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Deadline to Make a Tribute Gift - Friday, Nov. 2

Seventh Annual Luncheon
Presented by
Wake Forest Baptist Health

November 28, 2012

12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
Benton Convention Center
Tickets $25

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The Status of Women in North Carolina


A RECENTLY PUBLISHED REPORT, The Status of Women in North Carolina, from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, reveals both progress and declines in advancement across four key topic areas: political participation; health and well-being; employment, education and earnings; and economic security and poverty.  It also compares North Carolinians to women across the nation providing state-by-state rankings.

The findings on key economic security indicators were very comparable to the Forsyth County data that was presented in our 2010 report, Through a Gender Lens:  The Economic Security of Women and Girls in Forsyth County.  Key findings include:

Political Participation

  • NC women voted at a higher rate than men in the 2008 and 2010 elections. Data shows that in the 2008 presidential election 2,364,000 women (69%) voted vs. 2,006,000 men (66%).
  • NC women fare below the national average for representation in our state legislature holding only 5 of 50 seats in the Senate (10%) and 33 of 120 seats in the House (28%) resulting in a combined 22% for all General Assembly seats. Nationally this places NC in 29th place. While still under represented, this is an increase from 17% in 1996.

 Health and Well-Being

  • More than one-fifth of women aged 18-64 lack health insurance coverage, which places NC 37th in the nation.
  • The teen pregnancy rate has declined steadily in recent years.  For 2010, the rate decreased from 76.1 per 1,000 teens aged 15-19 to 49.7. The infant mortality rate also improved.

Employment, Education and Earnings

  • In the last 10 years the female workforce in NC has become more diverse, more educated and more likely to work in professional and managerial occupations.
  • Since 1990 the percentage of women in NC with at least a bachelor’s degree has increased from 16% to 27%. Immigrant women are equally as likely to hold a bachelor’s degree as native-born females.

Economic Security, Family Income and Child Care

  • Single female-headed households, with or without children, have significantly less family income than male-headed households.
  • In 2010, 17% of women and 13% of men aged 18+ in NC were living at or below the federal poverty threshold. This is higher than the national average.
  • The cost of childcare is extremely expensive.  Average fees for full-time care are $9,185 infant/$7,774 four year old. A notable comparison – the average annual tuition/fees for a NC public 4-year college is $5,685.

The findings suggest that while there is progress being made, there is still plenty of room for improvement.  The efforts of organization's like The Women's Fund and our grantee partners are critical to continue making progress for women and girls.

Click here to read the full report

Let's Talk Month

OCTOBER WAS LET'S TALK MONTH, a national public education campaign dedicated to encouraging parent/child communication about sexuality. The importance of open and honest conversations between parents and teens about sex cannot be overstated.  Polling by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy reveals that parents are the number one influence when it comes to their teenager's decision to have sex and 80% of teens said that it would be much easier for them to delay sexual activity and avoid teen pregnancy if they were able to have more open, honest conversations about these topics with their parents. 

Recognizing that these kinds of conversations may be difficult for many parents, The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem encourages faith-based and community organizations to provide workshops and information that give parents the tools needed to increase their comfort level and become more approachable. Earlier this year, The Women’s Fund provided mini-grants and other resources to community organizations that wanted to implement these types of workshops and do more to address teen pregnancy prevention.  The Women’s Fund encourages parents to get the knowledge that they need to start having these critical conversations.  Visit our Teen Pregnancy Prevention Parent Resources page for a variety of suggestions to help get you started.  

A longer version of this article appeared in the October issue of Forsyth Family Magazine.  Click here to read that article.

The Power of Women's Philanthropy


THE WOMEN'S FUND  is part of a growing worldwide trend of women who pool their collective resources and form funds specifically to address issues facing women and girls. Women’s funds choose and fund the projects that they believe can address the root causes of such issues as poverty, unemployment, lack of education and low self-esteem. Women’s funds are based on the belief that women themselves know best how to determine their needs. They invest in women and girls as a strategy to advance financial stability, education, health, nutrition and to reduce maternal and infant mortality both in the U.S. and abroad.  

Since 2007, The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem, has awarded 49 grants totaling more than $740,000 in such areas as financial literacy, youth education and development, health, and teen pregnancy prevention.  Over 90% of the grants have been to support women and girls with low or no income.  Not only do the members of The Women’s Fund contribute financially to the grants that are made, they actually determine which organizations receive the funding, as the members vote on the grant recipients each year.

Michele Ozumba (pictured), President and CEO of The Women’s Funding Network, and former head of the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention, will be the keynote speaker at The Women’s Fund’s annual luncheon on November 28 and will speak about the power of women’s philanthropy.  The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem’s 2012 grant recipients will also be announced at the lunch.  Wanda Starke, WXII television news anchor, will host the event.

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Deadline to Make a Tribute Gift - Friday, Nov. 2

MAKE A TRIBUTE GIFT TO THE WOMEN'S FUND to honor the women who have most inspired and influenced your commitment to service and purpose. Make a gift to The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem in honor or in memory of your mom, mentor, sister, or friend.

Tribute gifts to the Women’s Fund help to improve the lives of women and children in Forsyth County. Recently our grants have provided enrichment activities and support services for at-risk girls and young women, helped childcare professionals pursue higher degrees in early childhood education, and helped provide professional attire and mentoring for disadvantaged women who wish to obtain and maintain employment.

Your honoree will receive a special card from The Women’s Fund letting her know that a tribute gift has been made in her honor. With a gift of $50 or more, you and your honoree will both be recognized in the program at the annual Women’s Fund Luncheon in November.  The deadline to make a tribute gift that will appear in the luncheon program is this Friday, November 2.

Click here to make a secure online gift in honor or in memory of someone

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