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Women's History Month

From all of us at Equality North Carolina, Happy Women’s History Month! We join you in celebrating the resilience and power of women from all walks of life -- particularly those helping to transform the political arena.

Throughout March, ENC spotlighted trans women elected to political office from all across America. These history-makers have forever transformed our culture’s conception of what leadership can look like while breaking numerous glass ceilings along the way.

Today, we’re closing out Women’s History Month by honoring Kim Coco Iwamoto, someone who began charting her own course in politics long-before the transgender rights movement entered mainstream media.

A fourth-generation American of Japanese ancestry, Iwamoto became the highest-ranking openly-transgender elected official in the country after winning a seat on the Hawaii State Board of Education in 2006. She was then reelected in 2010 with 25% more votes than in 2006. Iwamoto focused much of her time as a member of the State Board of Education on policies to protect LGBTQ students from bullying, while also working with the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission to expand the rights of LGBTQ families.

In 2013, Iwamoto had the honor of being recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change, a title intended to honor Americans who have helped “our country rise to meet the many challenges of the 21st century.”

Iwamoto, and all of the incredible women we’ve featured this month, have dedicated their lives and careers to helping America forever reimagine the face of leadership and public service in this country.

This sentiment is at the core of our work at Equality North Carolina, where we’re committed to ensuring that the most vulnerable members of our community have a seat at the political table.

Will you join us in supporting and funding trans women and other candidates who live at the intersection of multiple lenses of oppression this upcoming election cycle? For this month only, donations of $35 or more will provide you with an #ENCCrew membership -- which gives you insider access to our work and a gorgeous Women's History Month t-shirt!

Thank you for supporting Equality North Carolina and the communities that we serve. Happy Women’s History Month!

Women's History Month 2021

Honoring Andrea Jenkins

Today, we’re honoring Andrea Jenkins, the first Black openly trans woman to be elected to office in the United States.

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Honoring Stephanie Byers

Today, we’re honoring Stephanie Byers, the first openly transgender person to serve in the Kansas Legislature and the first transgender Native American person elected to office in America.

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Honoring Sarah McBride

Sarah McBride is the first openly transgender state senator elected to public office in U.S. history.

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Women's History Month 2020

Women's History Month: Honoring AOC

Equality NC is creating space to honor women who have advanced lived equality for marginalized folks. We're lifting up AOC today, a powerful leader in progressive politics.

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Honoring Trans Pioneer Laverne Cox

For Women's History Month, we're honoring iconic and history-making women throughout the month of March. Today we're lifting up Laverne Cox, who has been a vocal advocate for our community and drawn attention to the injustices and violence experienced by trans women of color.

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Honoring Tammy Baldwin

Today we’re celebrating Tammy Baldwin, the junior United States Senator from Wisconsin and a trailblazing openly-LGBTQ politician.

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Women's History Month 2019

Let's Honor Angela Davis

One of the most enduringly influential icons of the women’s and civil rights movements, Angela Davis is walking, breathing history.

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Celebrating Sylvia Rivera

Today we uplift Sylvia Rivera, a latinx civil rights pioneer, drag queen and trans woman who fought tirelessly for the rights of vulnerable queer people throughout her lifetime.

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Uplifting bell hooks

As we continue our spotlights of feminist icons for Women’s History Month, bell hooks is a natural and necessary visionary to include on this list.

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Celebrating Alice Walker

Our final Women’s History Month spotlight is Alice Walker, an acclaimed novelist, essayist and poet who is perhaps most widely known for authoring The Color Purple.

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