On Thursday May 12 Representative Bonnie Watson-Coleman (NJ-12) hosted a Special Order Hour on Thursday May 12th to discuss why we need an Equal Rights Amendment and the importance of passage and ratification. She was joined on the House floor by Representative Carolyn Maloney (NY-12) and Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18).
“We’re here again Mr. Speaker and we’ll keep coming back until it’s done,” begins Congresswoman Bonnie Watson-Coleman who has pledged to use The Special Order Hour every month to highlight the Equal Rights Amendment. Stating the case for ratification or passage of the E.R.A....read more
Equal Means Equal News:
We Are Woman is very excited about the upcoming release of the Kamala Lopez and Heroica Films documentary Equal Means Equal! The film, like Jessica Neuwirth’s book of the same name, takes an straight forward look at the status of women and women’s rights in the United States today. By examining several different issues, such as economic disparity, violence against women and reproductive rights Equal Means Equal the movie illustrates how the failure to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment denies women constitutional protection under the law and impacts the lives of women, children and families. For more information on Equal Means Equal visit: http://equalmeansequal.com/
We Need An Equal Rights Amendment & Why You Should Read Equal Means Equal: Why The Time For An Equal Rights Amendment Is Now, by Jessica Neuwirth:
Equality of rights for women is not in the Constitution, say what? Yeah, no kidding! Right now we rely on a collection of various amendments and laws that sometimes grant us relief from discrimination and other times result in Supreme Court Justices stating outright that our “Constitution does not prohibit discrimination against women.”
When the founding fathers sought independence from Britain and declared, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,” they had a very clear vision of who “all men” included; women and slaves were not part of that equation. However, the beauty of Democracy and the United States Constitution is that it is an evolving work in progress that grows up as we grow up as a nation. Read more...