NC Council for Women

NC Council for Women

History of the Council

The Council for Women was established to further opportunities for women in North Carolina.

NC Council for Women Speaker Request form

Mission: To advocate for and empower women, to amplify the voices of women, and to drive policies that promote education, safety, health, and social and economic justice for the women of North Carolina.

Vision: North Carolina is a state where women thrive economically and socially, racial and gender justice prevail, and women's quality of life ranks at the highest levels.


  • Accountability - We take responsibility for the measurable impact of our collective actions, and we hold policy makers and power holders accountable to the people.
  • Equity - We are committed to developing and sustaining a culture that removes barriers that limit opportunities for women.
  • Collaboration - We are at our best when we work together to leverage the creativity, expertise, and integrity of the entire Council to fulfill our mission.
  • Strategic - We make clear choices, anticipate changing conditions, and plan for the future.
  • Justice - We advocate for true and lasting equality for women, respecting and showing compassion for those who are not treated fairly.

March 29, 2022 Panel: Obstacles & Opportunities for Women in NC

Moderated by DOA Sec. Pam Cashwell, panelists discussed wages, healthcare, political participation, education & business opportunities.

On the reversal of the Constitutional right to abortion

DOA Division for Women & Youth Involvement

About the Council

The Council for Women consists of 20 members appointed by the Governor. The Council has the following functions and duties:

  1. To advise the Governor, the principal State departments, and the State legislature concerning the education and employment of women in the State of North Carolina; and
  2. To advise the Secretary of Administration on any matters the Secretary may refer to the Council.

Meeting Information


2023 Meeting Dates
Feb. 24, 2023 at 10 a.m.
May 19, 2023 at 10 a.m.
Sept. 8, 2023 at 10 a.m.
Dec. 1, 2023 at 10 a.m.

Want to Serve? Find Your Fit!

Members of the public interested in joining one of the over 300 North Carolina boards and commissions can apply for Governor appointment online. If interested in joining a DOA board or commission, you can also reach out to for more information and to be considered when there are open positions.

Meeting Minutes
Nov. 18, 2022 CFW Meeting Minutes Approved
Aug. 31, 2022 CFW Meeting Minutes Approved
May 5, 2022 CFW Meeting Minutes Approved
Mar. 18, 2022 CFW Meeting Minutes Approved
Feb. 3, 2022 CFW Meeting Minutes Approved
Nov. 18, 2021 CFW Meeting Minutes Approved
Sept. 23, 2021 CFW Meeting Minutes Approved
Mar. 11, 2021 CFW Meeting Minutes Approved
Oct. 15, 2020 CFW Meeting Minutes Approved
Aug. 20, 2020 CFW Meeting Minutes Approved
May 21, 2020 CFW Meeting Minutes Approved
Feb. 20, 2020 CFW Meeting Minutes Approved


2022-23 Council Members

Member Name
Annette Taylor (chair)
Lyric Thompson (vice chair)
Liz Doherty
Candance Gingles
Alison Kiser
Chavi Khanna Koneru
Dr. Michelle Meggs
Dana O'Donovan
Elizabeth Outten
Dr. Patricia Parker
Beth Posner
Dr. Tracey Ray
Hon. Robin Robinson
Tara Romano
Adrienne Spinner
Carrie Stewart
Hon. Mary Ann Tally
Karen Wallace-Meigs
Katherine Woodbury
Pamela Young-Jacobs