Women’s Equality Day

Today, August 26, is, or was, Women’s Equality Day. 96 years ago today the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was cartified as law. This amendment gave women the right to vote.

Today, after almost 100 years of voting, women have finally seen one of their own become the nominee of a major party and have a chance of seeing the first woman elected president. Nevertheless, the reigns of power are still in the hands of men. In this country, 80% of  U. S. House and U.S. Senate seats are held by men and very few women are governors of CEOs of companies. Women have won undpaid family leave, which few can afford, but no PAID family leave, which would be much more liberating.  Since the ERA has never been ratified ( three states short), no formal constitutional protection against discrimination exists. In short, therefore, to put it mildly, much work is left to be done.

 

Equal Rights Amendment up for a vote in Nevada!

http://salsa.wiredforchange.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=W5YVxKhWuTAKrcL6Uz30gUxyx75P64PF SJR 16, a bill to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, has been introduced in the Nevada legislature. Please click on the above link to tell them to vote “yes.”

This could be a historic moment. If Nevada ratifies the ERA, only two states would be left. With hideous restrictions on abortions being introduced and enacted in many states, addition of this amendment to the U.S. constitution has never been more urgent.