Time to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

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Back in 1972, the Equal Rights Amendment, which guaranteed equal rights for women, passed both houses of Congress but couldn't get enough states to ratify it. As a result, women today are still struggling for equal rights. In 2014. Still struggling to be treated equally. Um what? But... but... Republicans say there's no War on Women.

Luckily, women who are abandoning their binders have discovered they have many strong allies, including one with a particularly effective voice: Ohio State Senator Nina Turner, who is currently hoping to unseat Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted.

My Twitter pal Portia Boulger took part in a kickoff event at which Sen. Turner was the keynote speaker, a fundraiser calling for voters' rights and the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. She emailed me this enthusiastic comment:

Power! Unity! Magic! That’s what we all experienced as we sat spellbound listening to Ohio Senator Nina Turner speak. Those who were fired up when they entered were ablaze when they left. The lady is on FIRE! Because of her willingness to join us, there are many more who are joining our fight to build a nationwide campaign to extend Voter Rights and ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.

Regular readers know how important fighting voter suppression and standing up for women are to The Political Carnival (scroll). The Progressive Democrats of America are helping us fight these battles:

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Via Progressive Democrats of America (PDA):

Turner also supported the PDA in its efforts concerning the Equal Rights Amendment, calling it “a beautiful thing” and noting that the best way people can get their voices heard is when they go to the polls.

“We are all equal when we go to vote,” Turner said. [...]

“Women have been relegated to second-class citizens,” Turner said.

Tammy Simkins, co-founder of ERA Action, told attendees that people must be united and that her grassroots organization is seeking to “bring attention to the fact that women are not equal in 2014.”

She added that she believes voting rights “are under attack” and that change is needed.

The Tea With The Friends Of Alice Paul took place on March 22nd. At about 9:40 in the video below, Tammy Simkins said that 9 of the 15 unratified states are pushing ERA legislation at the state level. She also said that Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown are backing federal legislation, which brings the total number of senators supporting the bill to 34:

More at The Chillicothe Gazette.

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  • Sandy0

    KUDOS TO ERA ACTION MEMBERS~! There is NO Argument: 3 MORE STATE LEGISLATORS MUST MUST MUST vote YES to ratify ERA so ERA passes into the US Constitution!

    There in the US Constitution , ERA makes most Sex Discrimination (wages, treatment before the courts and all American agencies A VIOLATION OF THE US CONSTITUTION!

    ALL NATIONS CREATED SINCE WWWII (SCOTUS RUTH BADER GINSBURG SAYS) HAVE ALREADY MADE ERA PART OF THEIR NATIONAL CONSTITUTIONS.

    POLITICIANS FIGHT HARD HARD HARD against proclaiming that Amerian girls and women deserve gender-equal treatment across America via passage of the ERA into the US Constitution!

    iF YOU THINK THIS STINKS, email ERA Action or National ERA Alliance, working for JUST 3 MORE STATES' RATIFICATIONS, the KEY to putting ERA into the US Constitution where it makes sex discrimination Anywhere a violation of the American Law of the Land! NOTHING BEATS THAT!

    AMERICAN WOMEN AND GIRL----> TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR OWN OWN OWN LIVE,. Cast OFF THE WEENY, TAKE ASSERTIVE CONTROL OVER YOUR OWN SELF PERSONHOOD AND SELF-DETERMINATION.

    OF course, if you don't mind that you are only paid for the same job only 77% in average in most places forthe Same Job, then go back to sleep.

    ALL OF US NEED WOMEN-SOLDIERS TO STAND UP FOR DEMOCRATIC POSITIONS AS DICTATED BY THE US CONSTITUTION~!

    STAND UP FOR YOURSELF!~ STAND UP FOR ALL WOMEN IN AMERICA!

    See what it is all about at http://www.2PassERA.org and talk to the loving 80 yrOld about your feelings, please! ERA for ALL is hidden , ignores on Most sites that :
    1. This is an worldwide scadal scam!
    2. That ERA when passed would act ast catalyst for passing ERA!

    In loving collaboration with ERA Action, political leaders/groups, we of ERA National ERA Alliance.org, have been working NONstop for JUST 3 MORE STATES' LEGISLATORS TO VOTE yeS ON the Equal Rights Amendment!

    HOW Hard is This?
    Well, we have been at it for 14 years! Nonstop, 18/7, for free for YOu, no fooling! Still the Florida legislature REFUSES EVEN TO HEAR THE ERA legislature FOR ERA!!

    Republicans HATE women and war against us is a GIVEN.

  • http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/ GottaLaff

    Cathy, I have nothing but admiration for you. And the spirit and unity came across loud and clear. Thank you for all you do. xo

  • Cathy Paganelli Kaelin

    BTW GottaLaff, I'm one of the co-founders of ERA Action as well and co-chair of PDA ERA 3 State Strategy. It was team work that made our fundraiser in Chillicothe, OH, 'Tea with Friends of Alice Paul', such a monumental success. The unity of spirit that gathered for this event was powerful and inspiring!

  • http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/ GottaLaff

    Thank YOU, Portia!

  • Portia A. Boulger

    Thank you so much! What an amazing experience.