Monday, January 30, 2017

Equal Rights for Women: Maryland Lawmaker Revives Drive

From:  Baltimore Patch

Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., announced the re-introduction of the Equal Rights Amendment.

Days before participating in the Women’s March on Washington with several female family members, Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., announced the re-introduction of the Equal Rights Amendment.
“Twenty senators have joined me,” Cardin said. “We believe this is a good time to get this done…seeing the type of activities Mr. Trump has discussed in his campaign, it is important to have this type of protection.”  MORE

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Women's March Largest in History?

From:  EdHat

By Robert Bernstein
Approximately 3,000 to 5,000 people gathered in Da La Guerra Plaza on Saturday for Women's March Santa Barbara. The event expressed solidarity in the wake of the inauguration of Donald Trump as president and was not for women only. The crowd peacefully went on to march down State Street to the Dolphin Fountain.

The crowd was so large that after the marchers reached the Dolphin Fountain, it was still backed up to downtown and there was no room to turn around! It was decided simply to reverse direction! In the words of Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan, "and the first one now will later be last, for the times they are a-changin'"
Millions marched in Washington, DC, Los Angeles and around the country and around the world. Some are claiming this may have been the biggest demonstration in US history.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Qandeel Baloch: 'She was a girl just like you'

From:  BBC

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

NJ Lawmaker Urges Congress To Posthumously Honor Ridgefield Suffragist

From:  Daily Voice

by Kathy Reakes

Sen. Diane Allen is sponsoring a resolution that urges Congress to posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to New Jersey native Alice Paul. Photo Credit: Wikipedia.commons
RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- The fight for women's rights is almost as old as our country. But the women who led the way and are still doing so, aren't always recognized for their accomplishments. 

That's why New Jersey state Sen. Diane Allen (R-Burlington) is urging Congress to recognize women's rights heroine the late Alice Paul, a New Jersey native and longtime Ridgefield resident

Allen is sponsoring a resolution -- that just passed the New Jersey Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee -- to posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to Paul in recognition of her role in leading the women’s suffrage movement and in advancing equal rights for women. MORE

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Quincy girls in middle school class are on an equal-rights mission

Six seventh-graders from Quincy's Broad Meadows Middle School are trying to get the federal Equal Rights Amendment on track for passage again. From left are Ilkim Gumus, Alessia Mochi, Julianne Sheehan, Veronica Bentley, Grace Akkara and Eleanor Anderson. The photo was taken on Monday, June 13, 2016.

The Patriot Ledger

Posted Jun. 17, 2016 at 9:50 PM
Updated Jun 19, 2016 at 10:41 AM

QUINCY – Broad Meadows Middle School teacher Ron Adams showed his seventh-graders a documentary on suffragette Alice Paul and her fight for equal rights for women.
At the end of the documentary, students learned that the states never ratified the Equal Rights Amendment, which Paul introduced in 1923 and Congress approved in 1972. To this day, the U.S. Constitution does not protect women from discrimination based on sex.
That didn’t sit well with some of the seventh-grade girls in Adams’s English language arts class. MORE

BREAKING: Americans--by 94%-- Overwhelmingly Support the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)

From:  PR NewsWire

Actress Patricia Arquette to testify on the ERA at the DNC Platform Committee hearing in Phoenix, Arizona on June 18 

Jun 17, 2016, 10:03 ET from ERA Coalition

NEW YORK, June 17, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today the ERA Coalition/ Fund for Women's Equality released a poll finding near-universal support for amending the United States Constitution to include protections for women. The ERA is a proposed amendment to the Constitution that would expressly prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex. 

80% of those polled mistakenly believe that men and women are already guaranteed equal rights in the U.S. Constitution.  As the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia stated: "Certainly the Constitution does not require discrimination on the basis of sex. The only issue is whether it prohibits it. It doesn't." 

 Patricia Arquette, an activist for women's equality and committed ERA supporter, will testify in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at a DNC Platform Committee hearing, where she will urge the party to make the ERA a priority. "All of the things we want for women, including equal pay and effective legal recourse for gender-based violence, are in the ERA," Arquette says. "This polling shows the country is with us—we need Congress to catch up." MORE

Monday, June 13, 2016

Dreams of equality for Catholic women

 |  NCR Today
On Tuesday evening, I invited some neighbors to my house to celebrate an historic event. It was the moment that the first woman had earned nomination as the U.S. presidential candidate of a major political party. Her name is, of course, Hillary Clinton.

However one regards Hillary politically, this was an historic evening… one more glass ceiling was shattered -- and it is a significant glass ceiling.

I've spent a lot of energy in my life working for gender equality: especially the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and women's ordination in the Catholic church, so when any movement in the direction of gender equality takes place, it's cause for celebration.  MORE