THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT: "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex."
Now, I realize the ERA has so many words, and really big words at that. It takes time to get something so complicated through our political system. We need to be patient. Everyone knows women are patient; we’re good at it. After all, where else would the women go? (wild laughter track here).
But wait a minute! We HAVE been patient! Alice Paul and the National Woman’s Party first proposed the ERA in 1923!!! Oh, gosh, big words today, big math today! Can my little woman’s mind figure this out??? By golly, I can! That was 88 years ago! And it didn’t even get ratified by Congress until 1972! Thirty-nine years ago!
Poor Alice Paul. She worked so hard for so long for women’s rights, including the right to vote, and the ERA. She was born in 1885, and died in 1977. She was 38 when she drafted the ERA. She was 92 when she passed away, still not being constitutionally guaranteed the same rights as those of the minority, the men. She lived to see so much activism during the second wave, and I hope it filled her with joy. But still, the constitution she lived under did not guarantee her rights.
Well, at least she didn’t live to see the regression of the third wave.
The Equal Rights Amendment, first proposed in 1923 to affirm that women and men have equal rights under the law, is still not part of the U.S. Constitution.
The ERA was passed out of Congress in 1972 and has been ratified by 35 of the necessary 38 states. When three more states vote yes, it is possible that the ERA could become the 28th Amendment. The ERA could also be ratified by restarting the traditional process of passage by a two-thirds majority in the Senate and the House of Representatives, followed by ratification by legislatures in three-quarters (38) of the 50 states.
Since the 1982 expiration of the congressional imposed and later extended ratification time limit, the ERA has been reintroduced in every session of Congress in the form of House and Senate resolutions to start the amending process over from the beginning. Each time thus far, they have been stalled without action.
Those 15 states that have still not passed the ERA are: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, and Virginia. Go here to find out what’s been happening in those states in the fight for ERA. We only need three more states to pass the thing. WHAT is the problem? (Oh, yeah, with “feminists” like Obama, who needs enemies?)
This site describes the sponsors in Congress for the ERA (updated 2010). Hmmm… not too many republicans. I guess “things are going to be a changing!” once all the independents, PUMAs, and other Clinton democrats vote republican to get Obama out. Maybe we can make our presence move those silly old republicans towards the center going forward !!!! Whoever wants our continued votes, are going to have to work for it! We’re going to be watching for ACTIONS!
Politicians: You ACT, we’ll consider giving you more votes. No “words, just words” (TM, Obama) accepted as a “downpayment” on our future votes.
START EARNING OUR VOTES!
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