Women AdvaNCe Turns the Big 0-2

Happy birthdayIn the world of the internet, two years is a long time. When memes, trends, and news all fly by at the speed of light, anything that sticks around an entire 730 days is positively ancient. But I’m proud to say Women AdvaNCe isn’t showing its age a bit.

We launched our site on March 25th, 2013 with a single-minded purpose: to bring relevant, exciting, and interesting content to North Carolina women. Our first post was about a group of female wrestlers, fighting on Jones Street in Raleigh on behalf of fair wages. With an opening act like that, we could have just published that one piece and met our mission with gusto.

But we couldn’t stop there. In the last two years, we’ve run more than nearly 400 thoughtful, ground-breaking, and captivating articles written by North Carolina women. What else have we done? We’re so glad you asked.

  • We hosted two statewide women’s summits, drawing more than 500 attendees and featuring speakers like Jocelyn Frye, Lisa Levenstein, and Erin Byrd.
  • We launched AdvaNCe teams in 10 counties, bringing more than 500 women together to take political action in their communities.
  • We visited Washington DC, and participated in a national conversation about working families, alongside Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Michelle Obama and more.
  • We profiled more than a dozen powerful North Carolina women as part of our Women to Watch series.
  • We grew from 2 to 2,000 followers on Facebook.

As incredible as the last two years were, we have even more in store for the next two! We plan to keep growing, innovating, and shaping the conversation about what matters to North Carolina women. Here’s a few things you can look forward to in the coming year.

  • A total website redesign
  • Our 2015 summit featuring MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry
  • More AdvaNCe teams (why not start one now?)
  • More articles written by more fabulous North Carolina women
  • BIG surprises

For our birthday we don’t need any presents. Oh, OK, since you insist, we’ll take one helping of Medicaid expansion along with the establishment of a statewide working wage. What do you mean, “no can do?” Fine. We’ll settle for you wishing us happy birthday on Twitter using the hashtag #WomenAdvanceTurns2. Thanks, and we can’t wait to see you when we turn 21!




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