It’s been 239 years since the U.S. Constitution was first written and 93 years since the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was first penned; yet women in America still don’t have the same constitutional equality as is written for male citizens. Check out the June 7th Podcast where the host of AM950's A Woman's Place, Betty Folliard, chats with two co-founders of ERA Action Tammy Simkins & Cathy Kaelin about the ERA 3-State Strategy legislation before Congress to remove the deadline on the ERA.
Watch this broadcast from The Carter Center, where a panel of women experts, including Dr. Faye Williams, the President and CEO of the National Congress of Black Women, Jessica Neuwirth, co-director of ERA Coalition and author of "Equal Means Equal", and Kamala Lopez, producer of the upcoming documentary Equal Means Equal, discuss the importance of passing the Equal Rights Amendment.
The Herstoric March on Women’s Equality Day will start at St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church in Washington D.C. following a 8 a.m. blessing of the walkers. Many will accompany Helene de Boissiere Swanson for the final four miles of this 7,000 mile spiritual pilgrimage to the U.S. Capitol to promote the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. The four-mile route passing the White House and on to the National Mall where top feminists and human rights activists will hold a press conference, and then rally for the ERA.
The Equal Rights Amendment will empower women and provide protection for the LBGTQ community. Let’s change the world!
CALL TO ACTION
Your support is needed. Please help to build a national and global presence in support of the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. Join the Facebook Event to demonstrate your support, Invite your friends, and share the event everywhere. Send an email to all your friends and ask them to join in spirit.
To join the Facebook Event Click Here.
To participate in the Advocacy Action Events to follow the March Click Here.
ROUTE – WALK TO THE WHITE HOUSE & REFLECTING POOL, NATIONAL MALL
There are a number of places where folks who are unable to walk the complete route may join up.
For the route please Click Here
SPEAKERS LIST (PARTIAL)
There are a number of folks who will be speaking at the rally.
For the Speakers List Click Here
SISTERS IN SOLIDARITY
In addition to the blessing, march, press conference & rally that day, there are several satellite events planned in other locations in the United States and around the world through our new Sisters in Solidarity program.
For the Sisters in Solidarity program Click Here
This ERA March & Rally will culminate my one-year+ pilgrimage covering the 15 states that have yet to ratify the ERA. I left from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco on March 8th 2014 – in an effort to raise awareness of the importance of passing the ERA, and to unite many individual factions to make the ERA a reality. I began my trek in honor of my late mother-in-law, the Rev. Katrina Martha Van Alstyne Welles Swanson, an impassioned ERA promoter who was one of the Philadelphia Eleven – the first group of women “irregularly” ordained as Episcopal priests. It was her dream to see women in America receive equal protections under the law, a dream so many Americans of all faiths and backgrounds share.
Those walking in solidarity represent a number of organizations from across the country including: Equal Rights Alliance, ERA Action, ERA Coalition, ERA Minnesota, Katrina’s Dream, National NOW, Unite Women, We Are Woman US, Women-Matter and many more. They have nourished me as I made my way across the U.S. Along this journey I stopped to meet with dozens of congressional district offices, and leaders from these organizations above joined me via conference call to senators and representatives, asking that they co-sponsor the “The 3-State Strategy” joint resolutions in Congress (SJRes.15/HJRes51).
On Women's Equality Day 8/26 join us for the #ERAMarchandRally ! it begins with a blessing at:
St. Stephen & the Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1525 Newton St NW, Washington, D.C. 20010.
We will depart from there & march 4 miles - past The White House - then walk to the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol for a Press Conference & Rally.
All are invited!
Elite Daily Article, written by Rachel Shippee
Meryl Streep is writing letters to every member of Congress.
The actress playing a suffragette in an upcoming movie is working with the current efforts of today’s feminists to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment into the Constitution.
But, she’s not the only one who needs to fight for the ERA.
First introduced into Congress in 1923, the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was written by suffragist leader Alice Paul. Since that year, and every subsequent year, it has been reintroduced in every session of Congress.
It was finally passed in 1972 with the required two-thirds majority, but only received 35 of the 38 necessary state ratifications.
Section 1. Women shall have equal rights in the United States and every place subject to its jurisdiction. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.
Section 2. Congress and the several States shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.
Section 3. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.
So why do we need the ERA?
1. In 2001, an Opinion Research Corporation survey shows 72 percent of US adults believe the Constitution already guaranteed the equal rights of women and men.
This simply is not true. At the moment, the Constitution only protects women and men’s equal right to vote from the Equal Protection Clause in the 14th Amendment.
This, unfortunately, gives no protection in accordance to legal cases of sex discrimination.
2. This legal remedy against sex discrimination for both women and men would create a “clearer and stricter judicial standard for deciding cases of sex discrimination.” In practice, the amendment would classify “sex” under the same scrutiny it currently requires of race.
3. The ratification would shift the burden of proof from victims to offenders in sex discrimination cases. It would require offenders toprove they did not violate the Constitution.
4. Full legal recognition of equality between the sexes would protect possible rollbacks in women’s rights advancements.
Many feminist activists today are merely fighting for what women already have, rather than lessening the gender gap. The Violence Against Women Act almost wasn’t reauthorized in 2013.
That same year, women were paid 78 percent of what men were paid for identical work. That’s not including women of color, who face a larger pay gap.
5. With the current rationale of VAWA, women survivors of violence cannot take their cases to the federal court when taking legal action.
Even in court, women can be put at fault for being raped due to intoxication, “promiscuous” clothing or other reasons that discriminate based on gender.
The amendment would help eradicate the ridiculous reasons some lawyers attempt to use. Once again, there is no excuse for rape; no woman is ever “asking for it.”
6. Equal means equal. An amendment would guarantee women’s rights by the government with no room for debate.
Courts have previously justified firing women simply because they were pregnant and justified unequal pay for identical work. The ERA in the Constitution would prohibit such discrimination on the basis of sex.
7. Even Notorious RBG would choose the ERA because “it means that women are people equal in status before the law.”
She wants the new generation of feminists to support this Amendment and continue actively creating social change.
“One thing that concerns me is that today’s young women don’t seem to care that we have a fundamental instrument of government that makes no express statement about the equal citizenship stature of men and women. They know there are no closed doors anymore, and they may take for granted the rights they have.”
8. Ultimately, the impact would be best seen at the legal level, and hopefully change the tone of such proceedings when handling sex discrimination cases.
This specific language in the Constitution would influence the tone of legal reasoning and likely produce a cumulative positive effect over time.
ERA Minnesota (ERAMN) is a coalition of individuals and organizations working to secure an Equal Rights Amendment to the State and Federal Constitutions.