Sojourner Truth said “If women want rights more than they got, why don’t they just take them, and not be talking about it.” It looks like we will have to do just that. August 26th is Women’s Equality Day across our nation. Not so much for the women of North Carolina. 94 years ago in 1920, women won the right to vote after decades of fighting for the 19th Amendment. Women of color had to fight within the fight, and then fight on to realize that right in full.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — If the campaign is any indication, a proposal to give Oregon women a stronger safeguard against discrimination could win in a landslide. Twenty arguments in support of adding an equal rights amendment to the Oregon Constitution — from Democrats and Republicans — appear in the voters' pamphlet that just arrived at homes ahead of the Nov. 4 election. Meanwhile, not one person or group wrote an argument in opposition to Ballot Measure 89, and no money has been raised to defeat it.
The ERA 3 State Strategy Issue Team is dedicated to ratifying the ERA in the timeliest manner possible—to finish what Dr. Alice Paul started 90 years ago. Our strategy is two-fold—removing the ERA ratification deadline on the national level by Educating Congress to support Joint Resolutions SJRES15 and HJRS113 while simultaneously organizing in targeted un-ratified states to gain the 3 additional required to make the ERA the 28th Amendment of the United States Constitution.
There's a lot we can learn from Notorious R.B.G.
In an interview with Jeffrey Rosen for New Republic, Ginsburg discussed how her experience as a female Supreme Court Justice has been rewarding, but also trying. Since R.B.G. was appointed in 1993, she's been confused for Justice O'Connor, has dealt with frustration at the Court's approach to reproductive health, and has made a constant effort to approach gender equality with common sense.