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...
Sheroes & Herstory:
Activist, community organizer, creator of the first shelter for battered women in New York City and co-founded the NYC Agency for Child Development (now the NYC Administration for Children's Services). She was one of the co-founders of Ms. Magazine and co-founded The Women’s Action Alliance with Gloria Steinem (and others) in 1971. Dorothy and Gloria toured together in the 1970s speaking about gender, class and race. Read more about Dorothy and her current work...