“Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged
by the United Sates or by any state on account of sex.”
This simple, gender inclusive text – the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) – would make gender discrimination a federal offense and it would make equal pay, federal law. It is not in the Constitution – yet.
Anti-Feminist Phyllis Schlafly led the charge to stop ratification of the ERA in the 1970s and she succeeded. She lied and warned that equality would result in unisex bathrooms. She said that women would be drafted. But what she failed to tell her loyal following was that Congress has ALWAYS had the ability to draft women. THEY HAVE CHOSEN NOT TO!
Schlafly’s fear tactics and lies convinced anough people to vote against gender equality and the Amendment languished.
There is a new push to ratify the ERA and on September 13, 2014 thousands of men and women will gather on the west lawn of the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. at the We Are Woman rally to proclaim that the time to ratify the ERA is NOW and that every eligible American citizen should be able to vote without hassle.
Madison Kimrey is one of the many speakers and she made a video. Please have a look:
In case you need a little more motivation, check out some Schlafly quotes and this amazing Open Letter to Schlafly from Madison from April, 2014.
Men should stop treating feminists like ladies, and instead treat them like the men they say they want to be.
By getting married, the woman has consented to sex, and I don’t think you can call it rape.
Sexual harassment on the job is not a problem for virtuous women.
Sex education classes are like in-home sales parties for abortions.
Are you going to allow Phyllis Schlafly to have the last word on equality?
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|Kimberley A. Johnson (BIO) is the author of AMERICAN WOMAN The Poll Dance: Women and Voting & The Virgin Diaries and an activist for women’s rights. Like her on Facebook, Twitter or follow her on FB HERE.|