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Progressive Push - First Stop California

Written by  Cathy Kaelin

UPDATE: Linda Sanchez and Louise Roybal-Allard are now cosponsors of HJ Res 43. As Progressives we should all be outraged that of the 15 members of the Progressive Caucus from California, there are 5 (3) who have not co-sponsored Representative Rob Andrews legislation, HJ Res 43, removing the deadline for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. Unacceptable. They are well aware of the legislation and we must alert them to this fact.

In 1972 when the Equal Rights Amendment was passed by Congress and sent to the 50 states for ratification, California led the charge as one of the 22 states that ratified the ERA in the first year. Fast forward to the 21st century and women are still not guaranteed equal protection in the U.S. Constitution. Recently, members of PDA returned from a week-long trip in California filled with events including a gathering focused on the ERA spearheaded by national team member, Andrea Miller from our ERA 3-State Strategy Team. While there she found that Progressives in California were outraged to learn that there are several Progressive Democrats who have not signed on as co-sponsors of the legislation. AND 4 of the 5 are WOMEN!

So our question to those 4 women is this: How do you expect men to stand up for you, if you do not stand up for yourself?

Our Call-To-Action is to contact the California Progressive legislators listed here and vigorously urge…make that insist!... that they co-sponsor HJ Res 43. Included in our outreach is California Senator Dianne Feinstein who has not yet co-sponsored the Senate legislation, SJ Res 15. Senator Feinstein has served since 1992 and is among those in the Seniority of the U.S. Senate. She has been quoted as saying: “Women have begun to see that if I go through that doorway, I take everybody through it.” Senator Feinstein, we are standing in that doorway and are more than ready to be included in the U.S. Constitution. #RatifyERA!

For a complete list of California Congress Members and cosponsors please visit our ERA California page.

We as Progressives must come together to insist that Legislators who claim the Progressive title adhere to the Progressive principle of standing up for EQUALITY FOR ALL!!!

Why We Need the ERA

  • In 1972 when the Equal Rights Amendment was first passed, women earned .76 cents to a man’s dollar. Today more than 30 years later women earn .77 cents to a man’s dollar with African-American women earning .65 and Hispanic women earning .55
  • There are only 7 countries that have not signed onto the CEDAW International Women’s Treaty (Convention for the Elimination of All Discrimination Against Women); the United States is one of those countries because we do not prohibit discrimination on account of sex in our Constitution.
  • The US insisted that all countries drafting constitutions after World War II include a statement that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex; the US Constitution has no such clause.
  • Single women and their children live in proverty. According to the National Poverty Center, “Proverty rates are highest for families headed by single women, particularly if they are black or Hispanic.”
  • Without the ERA, gains made for and by women remain vulnerable, politically negotiable and constantly at risk.
  • The 14th Amendment was not written to include women and gives no guarantee based on sex.


Please contact these California Representatives and ask them to cosponsor HJ Res 43.

Name/Facebook Link DC Phone Twitter  Contact
Rep. Karen Bass (CA-37)  202-225-7084  @RepKarenBass  Sara Nitz
Rep. Xavier Becerra (CA-34)  202-225-6235  @RepBecerra  Grisela Martinez
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40)  202-225-1766  @RepRoybalAllard  William Kaufmann
Rep. Linda Sanchez CA-38)  202-225-6676  @RepLindaSanchez  Tim Del Monico
Rep. Maxine Waters (CA-43)  202-225-2201  @MaxineWaters  Aryn Buffey

 

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