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 are 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.
In her book Equal Means Equal: Why The Time For An Equal Rights Amendment Is Now Jessica Neuwirth tells us what the the Equal Rights Amendment is, how we can use it and what the cur
rent strategies are for ratification. Jessica provides examples and compelling legal arguments as to why we need an Equal Rights Amendment illustrating how an ERA could provide Constitutional protection when seeking justice for gender discrimination, pay inequity, pregnancy discrimination and violence against women.
Equal Means Equal: Why The Time For An Equal Rights Amendment Is Now is a must have reference for activists promoting gender equality. To purchase a copy: http://thenewpress.com/books/equal-means-equal