Sunday, June 8, 2014

#Rally4Equality2014


I never thought I'd be fighting for equality for women in 2014.
But I am. A lot of us are.

Many of us were reminded of that fight in 2010 when Supreme Court Justice Scalia declared women to be NOT protected under the United States Constitution of America:
"If the current society wants to outlaw discrimination by sex," he told an audience at the University of California's Hastings College of the Law, "you have legislatures."

^^^
 (Merely an excerpt of one Scalia comment out of many that can be found via a simple Google search!!!) 

Summer has arrived. Vacation plans are being made. And women and those who love women need to consider gathering at the Capitol Hill West Lawn in Washington, D.C. on September 13 to Rally For Equality if they possibly can.



( Meme: Courtesy of ERAAction. More information: here. )

An update:
ERA Ratification Bills in the 113th Congress (2013-2014)

Two different types of ERA legislation have been introduced in the 2013-2014 session of Congress:
  • Traditional legislation to ratify the ERA by the Constitution's Article V ratification process, and
  • "Three-state strategy" legislation to remove the time limit on the ERA's ratification process and declare it complete when three-fourths (38) of the states ratify, thereby retaining the existing 35 state ratifications as viable.
And there are states in play. You can check out a list of those who have signed on and those who need to sign on here.

Now that you are thinking about going to Washington, D.C. to support the ratification of the ERA, here's some background information for you:

A great video, for 5:28 minutes of your time you can get a bit of an historical review. 

The Equal Rights Amendment: Unfinished Business for the Constitution
 A Spring 2014 hearing, approximately an hour and a half video , of relevant ERA advocates giving an update on the Hill. 

Speakers included Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD); Roberta W. Francis and Bettina Hager, Co-Chairs, ERA Task Force, National Council of Women’s Organizations; Dr. Elise Gould, Director of Health Policy Research, Economic Policy Institute; Andrea Miller, Interim Executive Director, Progressive Democrats of America; Shireen Mitchell, Chair, National Council of Women’s Organizations; Chitra Panjabi, Vice President Membership, National Organization for Women; Eleanor Smeal, President, Feminist Majority.

* The ERA in the 21st Century: Where Have We Come From, and Where Will We Go?

A Fall 2013 keynote speech, approximately an hour and a half video , by "third-wave" feminists Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards address: 

Program highlights from this national conference included a keynote presentation by "third-wave" feminists Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards, and a roundtable including Terry O'Neill, President, National Organization for Women, and Eleanor Smeal, President, Feminist Majority.

Also, some Frequently Asked Questions as provided by: The Equal Rights Amendment website page

a website that is a project of the Alice Paul Institute (API) in collaboration with the ERA Task Force of the National Council of Women's Organizations (NCWO).  It is written (except where otherwise noted) and administered by Roberta W. Francis, NCWO ERA Task Force Co-Chair.)
I am pleased to Credit: the ERA Task Force, National Council of Women’s Organizations for a preponderance of material provided in this Blogspot!

Finally, a last but not least kind of thing, if you still need motivation to find a way to participate in the ratification of the ERA either in person or virtually, my personal favorite inspiration is:

Iron Jawed Angels which can be viewed on YouTube here !