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
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 to:email@example.com
HandMade in America Foundation, Asheville
Holy Ground Inc., Asheville
Our VOICE, Inc., Asheville
Pisgah Legal Services, Asheville
YWCA of Asheville, Asheville
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
Community Care Clinic of Dare, Kitty Hawk
Interfaith Community Outreach, Inc., Kitty Hawk
Sanders Service Center, Magnolia, Magnolia
The Arc of Durham County, Durham
Family Health International 360: Women's Outreach, Research Triangle Park
InStepp, Inc., Durham
Women Wear Pants Too Inc., Durham
Crisis Control Ministry, Winston-Salem
Family Services, Inc., Winston-Salem
N.C. Association of Free Clinics, Winston-Salem
Work Family Resource Center, Inc., Winston-Salem
YWCA of Winston-Salem, Winston-Salem
Summit House, Inc., Greensboro
Tabitha Ministry, Summerfield
Women's Resource Center of Greensboro, Greensboro
YWCA of Greensboro, Greensboro
Free Clinic of Our Towns, Davidson
Shelter Health Services, Inc., Charlotte
Ipas, Chapel Hill
Mariam Clinic, Raleigh
Orange County Rape Crisis Center, Chapel Hill
The Women's Center, Chapel Hill
Albemarle Hopeline, Inc., Elizabeth City
Kids First, Inc., Child Advocacy Center, Elizabeth City
Greenville Community Shelters, Inc., Greenville
Martin/Pitt Partnership for Children, Greenville
Southeastern Family Violence Center, Lumberton
Robeson County Partnership for Children, Lumberton
Action for Children North Carolina, Raleigh
N.C. Coalition to End Homelessness, Raleigh
Raleigh Rescue Mission Clinic, Raleigh
Women's Center of Wake County, Raleigh
Woman's Club of Raleigh, 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.Comment on this article