ERA: Only Women can end the “War on Women!”

BettyJean Downing- Kling

ERA is a Bi-Partisan Issue! NOW is the TIME! Women must unite and take advantage of this great opportunity to force both parties to end the “War on Women.” American women need to call BOTH the Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate and tell them to pass these bills! WE need to tell them the war is over and we are united for the benefit of all women. Do we want the ERA or do we want a Democrat only sponsored bill? The Left has been lobbying the left but the women in the center and leaning right deserve ERA too. This is not a liberal bill this is a civil and human rights bill and a bi-partisan issue that affects all women equally whether they work in or out of the home. The time has come to end the bickering that has lead to the infighting that keeps us divided against ourselves. I agree the Republicans have passed bills against women’s rights but what have the Dems done for us lately? Has ERA been on the table, do they pay the women as much at the White house as they pay the men? Do they really value us as much as they say they do or just enough to get by and is that really what we will settle for? Let’s garner the strength of as many women as we can by ending the war against each other, the greater war against women is our own! Together we have the power to have so much more than what we are settling for! The time is now – right now– to demand both parties put their names on these two bills. Only when women unite and show strength – only when we show power will they listen to us and that can only happen when we end our own war on women!  Let them hear from all of us that we all are tired of this war!

Call your Representatives and call your Senators! 

On March 22, 2012, nine Senate Democrats proposed that states be given another chance to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. This is the 40th Anniversary of the Senate’s passage of the ERA and the first time the Senate has ever considered an ERA bill other than the “Start-over.”

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD.) and eight other Democrats proposed a joint resolution that would remove the 1972 deadline for getting 38 states to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). By 1982, the ERA had been ratified by 35 states, three short of the 38 needed to become an amendment. Cardin said, that Congress “should give the states another chance,” and said passage of a joint resolution by both the House and Senate extended the deadline once before, in the late 1970s.

Cardin noted that last year, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said that “certainly the Constitution does not require discrimination on the basis of sex. The only issue is whether it prohibits it. It doesn’t.”

Cardin also stated that the 27th Amendment to the Constitution, which prohibits congressional pay raises from taking effect immediately, was ratified in 1992 – 203 years after first being proposed in 1789 by James Madison.

In 1992, following passage of the 27th Amendment, the ERA Summit, a national coalition working to jump-start a new ratification effort, sought a legal analysis as to whether the ERA’s time limit could be removed. The conclusion of this study: “Why the Equal Rights Amendment Remains Viable and Legally Before the States” pointed out that there was: No time limit in the Constitution, the time limit has already been changed once from 1979 to 1982 and, the ERA’s time limit is in the proposing clause not the Amendment.

Therefore, it was entirely up to Congress whether or not to remove the deadline

Following this analysis, in 1993, ERA activists were successful in getting a Resolution in the US House that would authorize Congress to recognize and accept the ratification by three more states. This bill, known as the “Three-state Strategy” was introduced into every Congress through 2008. During this time, efforts were made by ERA supporters to obtain a companion bill in the US Senate but they were never successful.

In 2009, Carolyn Cook, DC Coordinator for ERA Campaign Network, authored a bill that would remove ERA’s ratification deadline in support of the Three-State Strategy. Jean Landweber, WI Coordinator for ERA Campaign Network, convinced Representative Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) to sponsor the House bill HJ Res 47. It was introduced on the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day. March 8, 2011.

Since then, Carolyn Cook worked tirelessly to get a companion bill introduced in the Senate.

SJ Res. 39 was introduced by Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) on March 22, 2012 to mark the 40th Anniversary of when both Houses of Congress first approved ERA and sent it out to the states. SJ 39 Res. is the companion bill to HJR 47.

SJR 39 Co-sponsors

Co-sponsors of Cardin’s resolution to eliminate the ERA deadline are: Senators. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Dick Durbin (D-IL.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NJ), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Frank Lautenberg (DJ), Robert Menendez (D-NJ.) and, Barbara Mikulski (MD).

 
 

Your help is needed call Democrats and Republicans NOW,

tell Republicans you will not stand for a Democrat only women’s bill

 
 

In order to have a hearing, more co-sponsors are needed.

Please call your Senator Toll free (1-877-762-8762). Ask him or her to become a co-sponsor of SJ Res. 39 & call your Republican Congress to join the Democrats who became a co-sponsor of HJ Res. 47.

 
 

Points you can make when calling…

1. Thirty-five states have already ratified  Thus, asking them to “Start-over” takes us all back 40 years as if the ERA had never happened 

 2. The fact that Senator  Durbin, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary where an ERA hearing will be held, signed-on from the beginning should be sufficient justification for your Senator to become a co-sponsor.
3. With the War on Women going on, it is unacceptable for our Senators not to help us get a hearing for this approach to ratifying the ERA.  
4. Women and girls deserve the ERA after more than 200 years of fighting.  
5. The ERA is a matter of simple justice long overdue.

Visit the United4Equality Website
 http://www.united4equality.com

Listen on TMU Radio Carolyn Cook, Founder / CEO of United 4 Equality

ccook@united4equality.com

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3 Responses

  1. BJ,
    Wondering how to get women to unite when we still can’t agree on “working or staying home moms” in 2012 and we have Terri O’Neil divisive comments about Ann Romney.

    NOW president Terri O’Neil comments on the comments made by Hilary Rosen about
    Ann Romney “Not working a day in her life”
    Her comments were made on the Ed Schultz misogyny show on MSNBC. Seems Moms who do not work “for pay outside the home” “lack imagination and life experience” Whatever happen to standing by ALL women no matter their choice? What a Shame. Who is NOW working for?

    TERRY O’NEILL:” What would we be saying if Hillary Clinton had said this: that Ann Romney has never, has not worked for pay outside the home a day in her life? That’s my understanding that’s an accurate statement, and that raises the exact issue that Hilary Rosen was trying to get to, which is do Mr. & Mrs. Romney have the kind of life experience and if not, the imagination, to really understand what most American families are going through right now? I think that that was what Hilary was getting out, and so she left out the words “for pay outside the home.”

    • Barbara,

      ERA protects both working and stay-at-home moms. Case in point: If god forbid something happens to a woman’s marriage and she gets divorced and has been at home raising kids on no income for her labors nor social security credit, the courts would take into account her role as homemaker and mother in an effort to calculate what each party brought to the marriage. Another problem for stay-at-home moms in retirement who get divorced and don’t remarry- is that they don’t have their own social security account and have to rely on their husbands. This is much less than she could have made in the workforce and often leaves elderly women living in poverty. With regards to working women who face the wage gap, this has a tremendously negative impact on her retirement because she does not earn what she is worth which can add up to millions of dollars. Equal Pay would be enforced as the law of the land instead of left to the states and Congress to decide. Until women are equal under law, we are subject to the whims of men on either side. So far, they haven’t proven they give a damn about us. But I still believe in giving them the opportunity.

      • You said it Girlfriend- In a perfect world things would be perfect but in this world they are not. Women who chose to stay home and raise their children can suddenly be left in the lurch after getting their hubby’s through school and raising the kids. He goes off with the nurse and a Physicians pay and SS while the mother of his children is left remembering why she stayed home raising their children – sacrificing her profession for his and now has an empty nest, an empty bank account and an empty resume!

        Caw in point these 11 jerks that hopefully will lose their jobs for underage prostitutes in Colombia- I sure hope their wives have professions to fall back on! As I said in a perfect world- wouldn’t it be nice if your spouse man/woman kept their vows and their jobs so finances promised were finances a spouse can be guaranteed of for life? These are all reasons women need ERA too!

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