North Carolina Women Push Closer to Equality

Monique Fahmy

North Carolina women remain vulnerable to challenges such as unemployment, persistent wage gap, poverty, high cost of child care, and disparities in social and economic opportunities.  The Status of Women in North Carolina, a forthcoming research report from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, provides data on areas of progress and need.  A few of the study findings follow.

The status of women has improved but it is still not equal to men on many dimensions, despite the efforts of many nonprofits with missions to help women’s well-being.

The percent of women in the North Carolina workforce is 59 percent compared to 70 percent for men, according to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

In North Carolina, on average a woman will earn $7,000 less than a man.

This gap has narrowed from previous years.  This gap is even larger when men and women at the same educational level are compared. For full-time year-round workers with a college degree or more, on average men earn at least $20,000 more than women.

A single mother earns only 29 percent of the income brought in by a married couple household.  Child care in North Carolina, for an infant, is above $9,000 each year for full-time care.

The cost of child care and the salary gap are major factors in poverty rates for women.  Seventeen percent of women in the Raleigh area are considered poor, but few of these women are currently receiving financial assistance from the state.

The study is funded by the North Carolina Council for Women, the Wells Fargo Foundation, Women for Women with the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, the Women to Women Fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, the Women’s Giving Circle at the Community Foundation of Cumberland County, the Mountain Area Health and Education Center Department of OB-GYN, and the Women’s Fund at the North Carolina Community Foundation.

Fortunately, there are many nonprofit organizations in North Carolina that serve women and children.  Some of these organizations help to provide child care for families in need, while others are geared towards women’s advocacy.

Beth Briggs, in her 2008 Philanthropy Journal article, created a comprehensive list of nonprofits serving women organized by county.  Below is an updated but shorter list of these nonprofits to give a sense of the types of organizations whose core mission is to advance the well-being of women.

N.C. Nonprofits Serving Women by County

Buncombe County

ABCCM Doctors Medical Clinic Inc: Women & Children Mission, Asheville

Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity, Inc., Asheville

Smart Start of Buncombe County, Asheville

Caring for Children Inc., Asheville

Child Abuse Prevention Services, Asheville mail

The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina: Women for Women Initiative, Asheville

F.I.R.S.T., Asheville

HandMade in America Foundation, Asheville

Helpmate, Asheville

Holy Ground Inc., Asheville

Our VOICE, Inc., Asheville

Pisgah Legal Services, Asheville

YWCA of Asheville, Asheville

Cumberland County

Better Health of Cumberland County, Inc., Fayetteville

The CARE Clinic, Inc., Fayetteville

Center for Economic Empowerment & Development, Fayetteville (formerly known as Women’s Center)

Child Advocacy Center, Inc., Fayetteville

Cumberland Community Action Program, Inc., Fayetteville

Cumberland Interfaith Hospitality Network, Fayetteville

Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity, Fayetteville

Partnership for Children of Cumberland County, Fayetteville

Dare County

Community Care Clinic of Dare, Kitty Hawk

Interfaith Community Outreach, Inc., Kitty Hawk

Duplin County

Sanders Service Center, Magnolia, Magnolia

Durham County

The Arc of Durham County, Durham

Center for Child and Family Policy, Durham

Durham Interfaith Hospitality Network, Durham

Family Health International 360: Women’s Outreach, Research Triangle Park

Girls on the Run of the Triangle, Inc., Durham

InStepp, Inc., Durham

Resource Center for Women and Ministry in the South, Inc., Durham

Women Wear Pants Too Inc., Durham

Forsyth County

Crisis Control Ministry, Winston-Salem

Family Services, Inc., Winston-Salem

IMPRINTS, Winston-Salem

N.C. Association of Free Clinics, Winston-Salem

Work Family Resource Center, Inc., Winston-Salem

YWCA of Winston-Salem, Winston-Salem

Guilford County

Summit House, Inc., Greensboro

Tabitha Ministry, Summerfield

Women’s Resource Center of Greensboro, Greensboro

YWCA of Greensboro, Greensboro

Mecklenburg County

Florence Crittenton Services of North Carolina, Charlotte

Free Clinic of Our Towns, Davidson

Shelter Health Services, Inc., Charlotte

Orange County

Ipas, Chapel Hill

Mariam Clinic, Raleigh

Orange County Rape Crisis Center, Chapel Hill

The Women’s Center, Chapel Hill

Pasquotank County

Albemarle Hopeline, Inc., Elizabeth City

Kids First, Inc., Child Advocacy Center, Elizabeth City

Pitt County

Greenville Community Shelters, Inc., Greenville

Martin/Pitt Partnership for Children,

Robeson County

Southeastern Family Violence Center, Lumberton

Robeson County Partnership for Children, Lumberton

Wake County

Action for Children North Carolina, Raleigh

League of Women Voters of North Carolina, Raleigh

N.C. Center for Women in Public Service, Raleigh

N.C. Coalition to End Homelessness, Raleigh

Raleigh Rescue Mission Clinic, Raleigh

Single Women With Children Organization, Inc., Raleigh

Women’s Center of Wake County, Raleigh

Woman’s Club of Raleigh,  Raleigh

Women’s Forum of North Carolina, Inc., Raleigh

YWCA of the Greater Triangle, Inc., Raleigh

Monique Fahmy is currently attending North Carolina State University for her Masters in Public Administration.  She plans to work in the nonprofit sector upon graduation.

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