We Are Woman, ERA Action and Progressive Democrats of America are grassroots organizations vigorously working to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment and to Get Out the Vote in 2014. These groups are sponsoring a Day of Congressional Action on Friday September 12, and the rally on Saturday September 13, 2014.
The intent of this rally on the west lawn of the Capital Building is to bring people together to call attention to the dysfunctional gridlock in Congress and the aggressive legislation targeting women and minorities. The goal is to help people either register to vote, or to provide them with information on registration details in their states. There will also be opportunities for attendees to join with other groups to get involved and learn about what is happening in our country and how to take action.
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Press Release: We Are Woman Constitution Day Rally
Contact: Jacqueline Nantier-Hopewell – Director, We Are Woman DC Office
Contact: Kimberley Johnson – Director Media & Press, We Are Woman
Washington, DC September 7, 2014 – Pushing back against a wave of legislative and judicial action seen as targeting the rights of women, the grassroots organization “We Are Woman” will lead a Constitutional Day Rally in Washington on Saturday, September 13th, launching the return of a demand for the ERA to fully enfranchise women into the United States Constitution. The organizers have included a special tribute to military women and are expecting thousands of supporters from across the nation to attend the rally scheduled from 9:30am-4pm on the west lawn of the Capitol. The rally comes just weeks ahead of the fall elections in which women are projected to be the key voting demographic.
The much criticized ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in the Hobby Lobby case, jeopardizing women’s access to affordable contraception, quickly elevated an interest in the ERA and the visibility of the rally. Women across the nation had been engaging lawmakers and challenging candidates on concerns about the “gender gap” in pay and political representation, when the controversial ruling came down, further provoking tensions. Rally organizers intend to promote a drive for women voters to register their protest on a number of issues at the polls and to support the ERA for constitutional equality in response to concerns.
“The ERA is on the move again. In February, the Virginia Senate voted to ratify, and now the Illinois Senate,” said Eleanor Smeal, Feminist Majority President, who is the keynote speaker at Saturday’s rally.
“The overwhelming support of voters for the ERA and the gender gap in voting is moving the ERA forward,” she continued. Smeal previously headed the high-profile, national ERA campaign as President of the National Organization for Women.
Several states have ERA bills pending or being introduced in addition to those being entertained at the federal level in Congress. Women’s rights activists look to Illinois in November to be the 36th of the 38 states needed to ratify the ERA. The outcome of a bill pending in the state house is expected then.
Public information about all guest speakers, the tribute to military women, entertainment, transportation, merchandise, lodging and food for the two day event is available at http://rallyhub.wearewoman.us
- Terry O’Neill – President, National Organization for Women
- Chitra Panjabi – Membership Vice President, National Organization for Women
- Monica Simpson – Executive Director, SisterSong
- Rep. Chris Van Hollen – U.S. Congressman, MD-8th Ranking Member of the House Budget Committee
- Andrea Miller – Co-Executive Director, Progressive Democrats of America
- Ben Manski – President, Liberty Tree & Co-Founder, Move to Amend
- Coline Jenkins – Co-Founder & President, Elizabeth Cady Stanton Trust
- Madison Kimrey – Student, Actress & Activist
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