Women and men at the rally will be wearing all white. Suffragists traditionally wore white with purple sashes in their fight for the right to vote which was finally won with the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920. Several women will be fully costumed in white vintage dress with full length skirts, ruffled tops, hats, gloves and sashes. Men will also be attired in white.
“We will not be silenced” said Carolyn Bryan, Chair of the Onslow County Democratic Party. “We will not go back to the days when we had no voice in our own government.”
The rally marks the refusal of women to cede ground on their voting rights which are under assault. This past session, H.B. 589, the Voter Identification and Verification Act (VIVA), passed requiring strict forms of photo ID which impacts women to a stunning degree.
According to a Democracy NC report, the State Board of Elections matched its list of registered voters with the DMV list of people holding a license or state identity card. The Board found that about 506,600 active, registered voters could not reliably be matched with the DMV list. Focusing on those voters consider that women are 54% of all active registered voters, but 66% of the active registered voters without a NC photo ID. Almost 335,150 women are at risk for being silenced because they don’t have the exclusive photo ID being required. They are the largest demographic at risk as a result of the strict forms of photo ID laws.
Ms. Bryan continued “Our time for the ERA is clearly now so that no one ever gets another chance to make voting laws or any laws that discriminate by sex.”
The ERA passed both houses of Congress in 1972 and was sent to the states for ratification. But, by the final deadline it had been ratified by only 35 states, falling three states short of the 38 required to put it into the Constitution. NC was one of the states that refused to ratify the ERA.