RUTH SAYS: MAKE WOMEN A PART OF THE CONSTITUTION! and she’s still at it…
Here’s why our children and grandchildren need a Bipartisan Effort to have the Equal Rights Amendment ratified NOW!: What is Gender Inequality?
“Every constitution written since the end of World War II includes a provision that men and women are citizens of equal stature. Ours does not.”— Ruth Bader Ginsburg
“The ERA has been introduced into every Congress since … 1994! The last time the North Carolina House of Representatives passed the ERA was in 1977, but it did not pass the Senate.”… O Puh-leeze!!
The human rights struggle is alive and well in the United States, and the application of human rights still remains arbitrarily applied by the courts.
On cementing equal rights in the Constitution, Ruth says:
“I remain an advocate of the equal rights amendment, I will tell you, for this reason: because I have a daughter and a granddaughter, and I would like the legislature of this country and of all the states to stand up and say, ‘We know what that history was in the 19th century, and we want to make a clarion call that women and men are equal before the law, just as every modern human rights document in the world does since 1970.'” — at her 1993 Senate confirmation hearings
“I was a law school teacher. And that’s how I regard my role here with my colleagues, who haven’t had the experience of growing up female and don’t fully appreciate the arbitrary barriers that have been put in women’s way.” — in a 2015 interview with Bloomberg
What you need to do now and thru 2018 – early 2019:
1. Select Your State > https://equalmeansequal.org
3. Commit to call & write them now and over and over again…
Here are SAMPLE MESSAGES to use throughout the year:
“Please pledge to co-sponsor and support the Equal Rights Amendment when it comes up in the 2019 legislative session. The ERA will ensure constitutional equality for women and men equally. Thank you for considering my views.”
“I am calling to let you know that it’s unacceptable that the Equal Rights Amendment has not been ratified in our state and I would likeyou to make it a priority. 96% of Americans agree: all people are equal and should be treated equally under the law.”
“Fair pay, reproductive rights, health care disparities, violence and increasing poverty – these are just a few of the life-threatening issues facing American women today. The ERA is a singular, unique and broadly unifying action step that can be rallied around – no matter your personal focus or political party affiliation.”
Make it happen
The people of North Carolina have the opportunity to have their voices heard and play a part in the making of herstory to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). As of today, North Carolina may be a great opportunity for supporters and advocates of the ERA to add one of the two states needed to ratify the Amendment, whether it be through connecting with their state legislators, participating in demonstrations, or raising awareness through social media.
THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT is Unfinished Business for the Constitution
In 1923 Alice Paul said:
“I never doubted that equal rights was the right direction. Most reforms, most problems are complicated. But to me there is nothing complicated about ordinary equality.”
The proposed Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) states that the rights guaranteed by the Constitution apply equally to all persons regardless of their sex. After the 19th Amendment affirming women’s right to vote was ratified in 1920, suffragist leader Alice Paul introduced the ERA in 1923 as the next step in bringing “equal justice under law” to all citizens
In the early 1970s Ruth Bader Ginsburg said:
“ … I would like my granddaughters, when they pick up the Constitution, to see that notion – that women and men are persons of equal stature – I’d like them to see that is a basic principle of our society.”
In 1972, the ERA was finally passed by Congress and sent to the states for ratification. The original seven-year time limit was extended by Congress to June 30, 1982, but at that deadline, the ERA had been ratified by only 35 states, three states short of the 38 required to put it into the Constitution. The ERA has been introduced into every Congress since the deadline, and beginning in 1994, ERA advocates have been pursuing two different routes to ratification: Continue reading
JOIN the ERA-NC Alliance today – Folks in NC who support ERA ratification http://www.era-nc.org JOIN TODAY!
Roberta Madden, from Black Mountain, NC has been an ERA activist for 46 years. She helped organize the new ERA-NC Alliance and has served as its Co-President. Robbie played an active role in having the ERA introduced in both houses of the General Assembly in 2015 & 2017. She lobbied for the Equal Rights Amendment in Louisiana in the 1970s, testified for the ERA before legislative committees, and has been an ERA activist for 46 years and is still at it!