ERAMN activists marched 5 miles through the streets of our nation’s capitol surrounded by a complete police entourage on Women’s Equality Day accompanying Helene de Boissiere-Swanson (pictured wearing gold & pink) on the final miles of her 7000 trek across America to promote the ERA. The marchers walked to the White House to stand where suffragists of old held their silent sentinel, then walked to the Capitol where they met with the press and held a rally - where a diverse coalition of women and men from all across the country emphasized why constitutional equality is still so badly needed. (Pictured here: ERAMN leaders Betty Folliard I Gail Kulick share the stage with a small sampling of speakers).
Source: Minnesota NOW
"Do you ever wonder if your efforts as an individual make a difference? Minnesota NOW and ERAMN called upon our supporters to write the governor's scheduler to request a meeting about passing the ERA.
That meeting happened this morning, thanks to all of you who wrote an email. We know that the governor supports the ERA, but we're asking him to stand out in front with us and truly champion it. The conversation has begun, and it happened BECAUSE YOUR VOICE DOES MATTER!"
If you can't get to D.C. for the rally for the E.R.A. at our nation's capitol, please join this 'Sisters In Solidarity' #SIS event and connect via #RatifyERA #ERANOW twitter-storm of events all across the country striving for legal equality on Women's Equality Day!
LWV Minnesota & Minnesota Women's Consortium
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM (CDT)
Women's Suffragist Memorial Garden (located on Capitol Grounds)
Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard St. Paul, Minnesota (MN) 55155
In 1963, Betty Friedan published The Feminist Mystique, which captured the essence and energy of the first wave of feminism to fuel a new wave of feminist politics. Now, 52 years later, it's time for us to draw on that spirit as we move whole-hardheartedly into the next phase of our movement; one that draws on both that spirit and the historical and contemporary work of activists from all marginalized communities to re-imagine what our feminism must be: Pivoting Towards Equity: A Women's Equality Day Conversation.
Suggested donation of $5 at the information table to cover the cost of rental fees would be very much appreciated.
*In case of inclimate weather, the event will be held in Room 10 of the State Office Building.
~Invited Guest Commentary~
by INVENIUMVIAM on AUGUST 3, 2015
Honor our Founding Mothers: Finish the Job!
by Betty Folliard
After 92 years of struggle, American women still don’t have legal equality.
According to an Opinion Research Survey, 96% of Americans believe women and men should have equal rights, 88% want an Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) added to our Constitution — but a whopping 72% of Americans somehow are under the false impression that the U.S. Constitution already guarantees equal rights for women.
What we have are patchwork laws unevenly meting out legal protections against gender discrimination cases. The Constitution governs all courts in the land and absent an Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) these laws are nails without a hammer.
The U.S. media has an obligation to accurately report this reality; however there remains a dearth of articles focused on women in our media.
All four sectors of the press/media in America are male-centric, according to the 2015 Status of Women in the U.S. Media report put out by the Women’s Media Center; and as a result issues regarding women’s equality rarely get coverage. Women are mentioned only 24% of the time in any news stories whatsoever: and of that 24%, only 6% ever mention equality or inequality; so overall, these issues get aired a mere 1.44% of the time.
Contrary to popular opinion and polarizing political reporting, the ERA didn’t die — it went dormant. Pushback from the right continues to spread untruths, to focus on red herrings, and to conjure up fear; but the ERA movement perseveres and will ultimately prevail because women are on the right side of history on this matter and we won’t take no for an answer.
We can now see light at the end of this tunnel. Today many national coalitions and organizations of women (and a few good men) have reinvigorated the fight to ratify the ERA.
This year alone:
• There’s legislation at both the state & national levels aimed at removing the artificial deadline that was slapped on equal rights for women and finally ratifying the ERA into our federal constitution (FYI: there’s no such thing as an expiration on equality);
• The documentary “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” opened this year, educating a whole new generation about the struggle for women’s rights in America;
• A new book “Equal Means Equal” written by Jessica Neuwirth unveils gender discrimination cases that went all the way to the Supreme Court only to be rejected because the Constitution doesn’t protect women against sex discrimination. In it, Neuwirth points to the 4 key issues that an ERA would help rectify: pay inequity, violence against women, pregnancy discrimination, and laws that discriminate against men;
• A film by that same title – “Equal Means Equal” – produced by Kamala Lopez will soon be released;
• In October, the film “Suffragette” starring Meryl Streep will open in theaters;
• And Helene de Boissierre-Swanson, a former legal professional & co-founder of Katrina’s Dream, has now walked the entire breadth of the U.S. to raise awareness of the need of the ERA in our U.S. Constitution.
On Women’s Equality Day – August 26th 2015 — Helene will culminate her walk across America with a final ERA march and rally to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., to help finally pass the ERA. ERA Minnesota will be there. Women (and a few good men) from all across the country will be there standing up for legal equality. I’ll be speaking at the rally. You’re invited. Join us!
Like Suffragists of old, Helene de Boissierre-Swanson has endured homelessness, starvation, deprivation, and molestation on her solo walk across the USA all for the ERA.
Helene offered press access in each un-ratified state along her journey from California to Florida and up to Washington, D.C.; but not one national media outlet deigned to pick up this story.
Honor our Founding Mothers by finishing the job. Ratify the ERA.
All are invited to join this Herstoric March & Rally at the U.S. Capitol on Women’s Equality Day on AUGUST 26th for the ERA!
Information and trailer taken from equalmeansequal.com, go and subscribe today!
Equal Means Equal is a documentary film that takes an unvarnished look at where women find themselves today. The film weaves multiple seemingly disparate issues together to make the case that a lack of full legal equality is having a profound impact on American women’s lives.
Equal Means Equal is from the perspective of a modern “everywoman,” actress and filmmaker Kamala Lopez asks questions about the present laws in place that claim to protect women. By following both real life stories and precedent setting legal cases, she discovers the absurdity of the status quo and realizes that, given the reality of women’s lives in 2015, this system cannot be sustained.
Themes the film addresses include: The Gender Pay Gap, Pregnancy Discrimination and Maternity Rights, Domestic Violence, Foster Care, Child Sex Trafficking, Rape and Sexual Assault, Healthcare and Reproductive Rights, Juvenile Justice, Prison and Rates of Female Incarceration, International Women’s Rights, and The Law. Equal Means Equal is a documentary film that will change the way many people see women’s issues.
ERA Minnesota (ERAMN) is a coalition of individuals and organizations working to secure an Equal Rights Amendment to the State and Federal Constitutions.