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Who The Revolution Left Behind

Who The Revolution Left Behind

From: On The Issues Magazine – Winter 2009

I get a lot of questions and statements when I explain that I am campaigning for the Virginia ratification of the ERA, one of several states where campaigns are active. “What’’s the ERA? Why do we need that? I thought that passed years ago.”

From men, I often hear: “The ERA is dead! You’re already covered by a lot of laws, so you don’t need it.” But, sometimes, if it’s a woman making the comment, I am screaming inside.

The ERA is the Equal Rights Amendment which passed the U.S. House and Senate in 1972. It simply says: “Equality under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”

Thirty-five states ratified it before it stalled in the 1980s. We now need three states to ratify before it is written into the Constitution. There is no actual time period in the Constitution by which an amendment must be passed by the required number of states. A national strategy in support of the Equal Rights Amendment is attempting to gather ratification in the final three states, based on the Constitutional process for passing the ERA.

Fifteen states did not ratify in the 1980s: Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Arizona, Nevada and Utah. Notice that both presidential candidates came from unratified states, and that Nevada has legalized prostitution, but has not ratified the ERA. Women who lived in ratifying states in the 1980s, assume the other states did the same and are astounded to learn that 15 states hold the others hostage.

Why the ERA? Some people say that the 14th Amendment covers everyone, but it specifically refers to “male citizens” in one section, and the Supreme Court does not always accept the 14th Amendment as covering women. Most young women have grown up living under hard-won laws like Title IX, banning sex discrimination in education and Title VII, prohibiting job discrimination, so some refer to them as “growing up with fluoride in the water.” These protections have always been there for them, and they do not know feminist history. One 30-something told me that the ERA was an “old woman’s cause” and we had too many problems to work on to worry about that. What she did not realize is that if we had the ERA, many of those problems would disappear since they would be covered by the amendment. All the laws that cover women can disappear tomorrow if the Congress or the president passes new laws to nullify them or writes an executive order to undermine them. Women need this amendment as protection for all those hard- won laws or to establish more rights in court. Title IX was struck down by the Supreme Court, and it took four years for Congress to rewrite and pass it again. The new Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act can be rescinded at any time without the protection of an Equal Rights Amendment, and equal enforcement in every state has yet to be demonstrated.

Five years ago, I realized that the Equal Rights Amendment had just disappeared, and everyone was working on issues created when it failed in the past. I knew someone had to get busy, so I was it.

“Why do this?” I want to be written into the Constitution before I die. I want my full rights as a citizen. Not a half-citizen or three-quarters of a citizen, but a 100-percent citizen.

I find ignorance to be what I have to fight. Whether it’s young women who do not know history, older women who think the ERA passed or men who do not know how important the ERA is for the women in their families, the job is to educate and form coalitions of organizations to work for passage. Since the 1980s, we women have done a poor job of telling our story, and informing younger women and men about the need to progress on our rights. Now is the time to rectify that.


Written by Diana Egozcue, Virginia NOW President (x)
president@vanow.org

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Nevada Ratifies the ERA!

Nevada Ratifies the ERA!

Virginia NOW Online

“Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”
 

NEVADA RATIFIES THE ERA! 

We now have tangible proof that our efforts to re-start the ratification train have been successful, and know legislators in 2017 can be convinced to take the issue of Constitutional equality for women and men seriously enough to make an effort to bring it about.

Both the Nevada Senate and House have passed ratification resolutions, and as soon as a few very minor differences between the bills (technical adjustments regarding the resolution’s transmittal, not the relevant text) are ironed out, that State will officially become the 36th to ratify.

The votes weren’t the traditional cliffhangers: It was 13 to 8 in the Senate and 28 to 14 in the House, so this was a very strong endorsement by the state with…

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ERA 2017 tweeting campaign!

I’m calling on all feministy tweeters to help me generate more ERA traction.  Here’s how!

  1. Login to twitter and copy/paste “#RatifyERA @virginianow” into the search box.  You’ll see all the #RatifyERA tag and tweets that Virginia NOW has made. 
  2. Retweet, respond, or copy/paste and tweet them from your username.

ERA tags are also great to search and retweet ➡️ #ERAYesVA #ERANOW #WomenInTheConstitution

@PoMoRed was Virginia NOW’s ERA Coordinator, so her tweets including #ERAYesVA and #RatifyERA are also fantastic.

You may use this page: http://vanow.org/ratify/era as a reference.

GOP

#RatifyERA to floor. No hidden votes on civil rights. #Equality #VA4ERA
#RatifyERA is civil rights, family income and stability issue. No hidden votes. #WeDemandERA

DEMS

Support and vote for HJ495, encourage colleagues. #CivilRights for women cannot wait another year! #WeDemandERA #VA4ERA Thank you!

#EqualRightsAmendment is income equality, civil rights, family stability. Tell your colleagues to join you to #RatifyERA! Thank you!

Support & vote for _____, encourage colleagues. #CivilRights for women cannot wait another year! #LetsRatifyERA #VANOW Many thanks!

#14thAmendment does not cover ♀ #EqualRightsAmendment extends 14th to ♀ . Plz inform colleagues. Vote to #RatifyERA! Our thanks! 


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“Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.” 



Capitol Hill Buzz: Meryl Streep asks Congress to revive ERA

Meryl Streep asks Congress to revive ERA!

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FILE - In this March 5, 2015, file photo, Actress Meryl Streep arrives for a photocall for her film "Into the Woods" in Tokyo. No actor or actress can match Streep’s 19 Academy Award nominations, and only Katharine Hepburn has bested her three Oscars for acting. So maybe it’s conceivable that Streep’s letter on Tuesday, June 23, to each member of Congress can somehow revive the Equal Rights Amendment, politically dormant since its high-water mark four decades ago. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama, File) FILE – In this March 5, 2015, file photo, Actress Meryl Streep arrives for a photocall for her film “Into the Woods” in Tokyo. No actor or actress can match Streep’s 19 Academy Award nominations, and only Katharine Hepburn has bested her three Oscars for acting. So maybe it’s conceivable that Streep’s letter on Tuesday, June 23, to each member of Congress can somehow revive the Equal Rights Amendment, politically dormant since its high-water mark four decades ago. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — No actor or actress can match Meryl Streep’s 19 Academy Award nominations, and only Katharine Hepburn has bested her three Oscars for acting. So maybe it’s conceivable that Streep’s letter Tuesday, June 23, to each member of Congress can somehow revive the Equal Rights Amendment, politically dormant since its high-water mark four decades ago.

“I am writing to ask you to stand up for equality –…

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Advocacy for the ERA

North Carolina NOW shows support for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)!

The first is an NC4ERA petition with Change.org. Please link and sign. http://ow.ly/Loh1S You can also sign the form ‘in person.’

NC National Organization for Women

NC4ERA and NC NOW would like to share opportunities to advocate for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in NC. The first is an NC4ERA petition with Change.org. Please link and sign. http://ow.ly/Loh1S  You can also sign the form ‘in person.’

On Thursday, April 14th, Marena Groll from NC4ERA and Gailya Paliga from NC National Organization for Women spoke at the 2015 People’s Legislative Advocacy Day about the need for ERA and the 2 bills that were introduced in the NC Senate (S184) and NC House (H166) already this year.

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We also did a “Silent Sentinel” Vigil for the ERA. It began at 2:00 pm in the Legislative Building in Raleigh, 16 Jones St.  So many people who came by did not know about ERA – I mean women didn’t know!

Read more at NC4ERA about North Carolina’s own Silent Sentinel daughter, Virginia Arnold, a determined Suffragist. May we follow…

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