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.

 

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Women’s Equality Day

Today is Women’s Equality Day. Exactly 95 years ago today the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, was certified as law. (The holiday was created by Congress in 1972.) That was a huge milestone in this country’s history. It sped up progress toward equality, which is still too slow.

We as a society have come a long way since then but still have a long way to go. We have Title IX but no Equal Rights Amendment; universal unpaid family leave but no mandated PAID family leave; women in previously male-only fields but males still predominate; women earn more college degrees but less money; more women politicians but the vast majority are still white men. In short,men still control the corridors of power.

It is insane that women do not have equal power, especially in this country, the United States. It is time that government and business ceased to be men’s clubs. Passing the ERA (Equal Rights Amendment) would be a start. One person told me that it is a sledgehammer, but,in my opinion, we badly need a sledgehammer on women’s rightsin this country. On this Women’s Equality Day we must reflect on that and on the future we are creating.

Tell Congress that you #StandWithPP – Draw the Line

Tell Congress that you #StandWithPP – Draw the Line. – This is a petition to tell Congress that you stand with a Planned Parent against attempts to defund it. Republican’s are using scurrilous allegations drawn from edited video footage to justify eliminating funds for a vital organization.cancer

Planned Parenthood provides essential reproductive health care for women. It also provides other care such as cancer screening. Only 3% of its budget goes to abortions. It is a vital health resource for women.

The pro-life movement has had a vendetta against Planned Parenthood for decades. They have outdone themselves recently. The have edited footage of PP officials discussing removing organs from aborted fetuses to make it look like they were callously talking about making money off of these body parts. This is disgusting.

I realize pro-lifers are passionate about their conviction that life begins at conception. That does not, however, justify grossly distorting the truth. They do not seem to care what the facts are. They argue what they want to argue regardless and alter the truth to fit their narrative.

This must stop. We must make it clear to Congress that we will not stand for such tactics any longer. please sign the petition.

The Time is NOW!

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The Florida National Organization for Women is had its state convention in Venice, Florida this past weekend. I wish that this event, held by one of the finest organizations around, got more coverage. Far be it from the corporate, allegedly liberal media to pay much attention to progressive organizations.

This one is greatly needed. The reproductive rights of women are under attack across the nation, including in Florida, where the Republicans dominate the state legislature and one of the county’s most pernicious rogue governors was re-elected last year.  Progress in narrowing the wage gap is slow. Women make up only 20% of the members of Congress. We still have not had a woman president and the woman who is the front-runner for the next term in the White House is mired in themselves fr scandal. Federally mandated unpaid leave is useless to most women and we have no paid-leave law.

We have a long to go towards equality for women. Feminist organizing is imperative. Progress is being slowed to a crawl by conservative excuse-making and male resistance. Men react to the efforts of women to free themselves from the shackles of stereotypes and glass ceilings by increasing the machismo and darkness and considering ares penetrated by women to be female. One one wonders if in the future men will end up living in caves and swing clubs like their ancestors because they consider everything else to be female.

This is the problem: dividing everything into male and female and heaping disrespect onto what is considered female. The time has come, is long past actually, to stop stereotyping people and to respect subjects and activities that have been identified with women. Enough is enough.

Happy New Year! Here’s to a great 2015! | MoveOn.Org | Democracy In Action

Here’s to a great 2015! | MoveOn.Org | Democracy In Action. – Happy New Year! Finally emerging from the long year that was 2014 feels wonderful! Things were still accomplished, though. In this video Robert Reich shows that even in the dark days of a year like 2014 progressives working together made strides. This should remind us be undaunted by setbacks and energize us to keep our heads up and make even more progress this year! Despite the “GOP” takeover of the U.S. Senate (and gain of governorships) 2015 can be a great year

The emMs./em Voting Guide for College Students

The emMs./em Voting Guide for College Students. – it is time to vote, people! the election is only eight(8) days away. The “GOP” currently has the edge in the race for control of the U.S. Senate. If you thought filibusters were bad, a Republican takeover would be a nightmare! So VOTE! Anyone outside the”GOP” and the Tea Party who does not vote is going to be sorry come January.