Listen to ERA advocates testify in Virginia legislative committee

The advocates, working with legislative supporters, forced a “show of hands” vote in the Senate Committee. Protesters can be heard in this footage. Please listen carefully to all the testimony by the advocates as to the issues that came up as obstacles to passage. Also, note that Eileen Davis has her microphone silenced at one point (15” mark), before she is permitted to continue to speaking on the question of the ERA and issues surrounding “the secret abortion bill.”  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFf32MI4bMg&t=693s

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#MeToo a good start, but U.S. falls behind

By Sandra Ericson For The Register-Guard 
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Oprah’s Great Speech at the Golden Globes

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Unbelievably, women still don’t have equal rights in the Constitution

by Jessica Neuwirth for The Los Angeles Times

The current wave of female rage started with the Women’s March on Washington: millions of women coming together and rising up around the country, even around the world.

Now it’s #MeToo — an explosion of pent-up rage after decades, even generations, of women putting up with sexual harassment from the men they work with or for.

But arguably the rage dates back to the beginning of the republic, when women were intentionally left out of the Constitution.

Abigail Adams is usually quoted as suggesting mildly to her hus­band, John Adams, “remember the ladies.” Actually, she wrote him a threatening letter: “Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the husbands. Remember, all men would be tyrants if they could . . . we are determined to foment a Rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.”

Women finally got the vote in 1920, when the 19th Amendment was ratified — more than a century after the Constitution was written.

A few years later, in 1923, the Equal Rights Amendment was introduced in Congress to give women all the other rights in the Constitution. The amendment makes discrimination against women unconstitutional and prohibits legal distinction between the sexes when it comes to property, employment and a whole host of other things.

But almost a century later, the ERA is still unfinished business. That’s right: Women still don’t have constitutional equality…. [Read the entire article]

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Board of Aldermen calls on state to ratify Equal Rights Amendment

 

This Article From the New Bern Post by Randy Foster

Note: This has been corrected since originally posted to reflect that there had never been more than two women on the board, not one.

The glass ceiling was cracked, if not shattered, on Tuesday, as three women took their seats on a Board of Aldermen that had never had more than two female members throughout its existence.

And one of the first things the more feminine board did on Tuesday was vote unanimously to endorse the Equal Rights Amendment.

In 1972, a proposed Equal Rights Amendment (“ERA”) to the Constitution passed both houses of the U.S. Congress and was sent to the states for ratification. To add the ERA to the Constitution, ratification was needed by 38 states prior to 1982. Only 35 of the required 38 states ratified the ERA by this deadline.

Earlier this year, Nevada became the 36th state to ratify the amendment. (More)

North Carolina has not ratified the ERA. In 2015 and 2017, bills supporting state ratification were introduced to the N.C. General Assembly in both the House and Senate, but the General Assembly has still yet to ratify the amendment. U.S. Representatives G. K. Butterfield, David Price, and Alma Adams cosponsored bills in the 114th Congress to pass an ERA and lift the time limits on the states for ratifying the ERA.

The resolution aldermen approved on Tuesday calls on the N.C. General Assembly to ratify the amendment and for Congress to remove the time limit for ratification and pass the ERA.

Ward 2 Alderman Jameesha Harris introduced the resolution, saying that she had approached the all-male Craven County Board of Commissioners to seek support without success.

“I hope to set the tone and show the Board of Commissioners that this is how you do it,” she said.

Ward 1 Alderman Sabrina Bengel said she was in school protesting for equal rights in 1972: she wore pants, and was sent home.

Earlier in the meeting, Bengel pointed out that women make up 53.3 percent of the population in New Bern, and though she said she didn’t think she needed a piece of paper to give her equal rights, she supported the motion and seconded it. The motion passed on a 7-0 vote.

Here is the resolution:

RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT

WHEREAS, the City of New Bern forthrightly supports equal rights for the citizens of New Bern; and women constitute over 53 percent of the citizenry of New Bern; and

WHEREAS, women play a critical role in families, the workplace, and in society, contributing to our economy and advancing our city and our nation; and

WHEREAS, women continue to confront a lack of political parity, workplace discrimination, health care inequities, disparate rates of poverty, rape and domestic violence assaults; and

WHEREAS, the US Constitution does not explicitly guarantee that all rights that it protects are held equally by all citizens without regard to sex; and

WHEREAS, the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause has never been interpreted to guarantee equal rights for women in the same way the ERA would, by situating sex as a suspect category invoking strict judicial scrutiny, just as race, national origin and religion do; and

WHEREAS, state laws are not uniform and federal laws are not comprehensive; additionally, these laws can be repealed or reduced; and

WHEREAS, the Amendment would help correct systemic sex discrimination; and

WHEREAS, the ERA was passed by Congress in 1972 and ratified by 35 of the 38 states necessary to put it into the Constitution, yet was assumed to have expired in 1982; and

WHEREAS, Congress can alter time limits in the proposing clauses of amendments; and the deadline for ERA appeared only in the preamble and not in the actual legislation; and

WHEREAS, US Representatives G.K. Butterfield, David Price and Alma Adams co-sponsored the bills in the 114 Congress to pass an ERA and to lift the time limits on the states for ratifying the ERA.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the City of New Bern calls on Congress to pass into law a bill to pass an ERA and remove the time limit for ratification of the ERA so that ratification shall be achieved upon the affirmative vote of 38states, of which 35 have already ratified; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the City of New Bern calls on the NC General Assembly to pass into law a bill to ratify the ERA to the US Constitution as proposed by Congress on March 22, 1972.

This the 12th day of December, 2017.

(Signed Mayor Dana Outlaw and City Clerk Brenda Blanco)

https://newbernpost.com/board-of-aldermen-call-on-state-to-ratify-equal-rights-amendment

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Isn’t It Really Time, at Long Last, for Us to Approve ERA

by Paul R. Dunn for ThePilot.com

In a recent survey, 94 percent of Americans reported that they would gladly support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would guarantee equal rights for men and women.

Ironically, 80 percent of those polled thought that the Equal Rights Amendment had been ratified by the states years ago. It wasn’t.

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Why We Still Need the ERA

Many Americans think men and women are already equal under the law. But these 24 simple words have been kicking around for 169 years without being ratified as an amendment to the Constitution:

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

Nearly all other Constitutions have incorporated words like this. Only the United States is lacking an Equal Rights Amendment. “Women were left out of the Constitution more than 200 years ago…..

Read the full article online at The Nation site linked below.

>>> Why We Still Need the ERA<<<

Having the right to vote is important but, as feminists have always understood, it is not sufficient to guarantee equality.

By Erica Jong

 

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ERA-NC Alliance Fall Retreat

Participants in the ERA-NC Alliance retreat stand together at the end of a day of networking, learning, and planning. The retreat was held at Kanuga, in Hendersonville Oct. 14-15, 2017.

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