Archive for December, 2016
To read original article for which our response below was written, click link: Op-Ed: Haven’t We Heard the ERA Eight-Track Before?
To: Mr. Bill Cotterell,
After reading your mansplaining piece about the retro ERA, you prove once again the fragility of the male ego.
You would no more live in a country where you pay equal taxes, serve jury duty, fight in combat to defend your country’s constitution while earning less income, enduring physical, sexual and verbal assault and a 2nd class citizen by law on account of your sex than any reasonable woman (feminist) should.
We hope you didn’t have daughters because we can’t imagine their lives being complete as the muffin-makers you hail.
Incidentally, we authored the current bill in the US Congress – while unemployed – following Hillary Clinton’s 2008 misogynistic defeat. It’s known as SJR15 & HJR51. It calls upon a bipartisan Congress to remove their deadline for the ERA and allow the last 3 states to continue to debate this critical issue for America’s domestic and global competitiveness.
Human rights don’t expire in a democracy (and neither should the ERA). It’s nearly 100 years after women’s suffrage – and still no woman president and no equal rights amendment to challenge the status quo of Patriarchy’s reign for 227 years in America. You have no idea how much greater your life would be if women actually managed our country like they manage households – by putting service to others before self AND balancing competing priorities to ensure that no one got left behind.
Did you hear about United 4 Equality’s groundbreaking ERA revival story in the news? No because status quo journalists like you thought it not important enough to publish.
We wish for you more spiritual growth in the next life. Perhaps by coming back as a woman.
Following in the footsteps of the 44 other women who have run for president alone, we urge more women candidates to run in 2020 and beyond!
In 2008 and 2016, we loved, admired and proudly voted for Hillary Clinton to shatter the presidential ceiling. She will always be our SHEro for the “awakening” that she gave to women and men- having witnessed such sexism, misogyny and negatively biased news coverage on account of her sex.
Who knows how, when, where or for whom Hillary will re-emerge as a leader next? But we believe that her greatest contribution to womankind could very well come from her newfound freedom outside of public office.
What better way to capitalize on her “insider” knowledge of Congress, her access to donors and her mission to empower women and children – than to lead the movement to establish gender equality under the US Constitution. (After all, Hillary 2008 inspired United 4 Equality’s ERA revival in Congress since 2011/2012 – SJR15 & HJR51)
Then, no matter what party is in control, women’s rights and dignity will not be on the chopping block.
Coping with our profound disappointment and fear of the Trump administration, we can strengthen our resolve to elect and promote more women to office all the way up. After all, we cannot depend on one woman to do everything from the Oval Office!
Coincidentally, 2020 will be 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, so public awareness of women’s history-making will be at an all-time high for another powerful woman to emerge.
Electing the first woman president will no doubt produce opposition again but it will also have a uniquely similar psychological effect that President Obama had for people of color – only she will uplift women and be a vehicle for healing male guilt. 💝
America could see exciting changes in how women are portrayed in pop culture: more positive and empowering characters, TV programs, movies, magazines and commercials. That is sorely needed to transform our centuries-old tradition and mindset of women’s inferiority to men. That would be a huge victory in and of itself.
In Congress, a madam president who has experienced the unique challenges women face, could prioritize contemporary work/family policies that will enable women (and men) to earn a living wage, develop her full potential and be celebrated alongside men in society: the workplace, small business, politics, armed services, sports, entertainment, caregiving, etc…
Hopefully, women’s elevated stature in the White House will usher in more awareness and active condemnation of the epidemic of physical and sexual violence, harassment and hate crimes that women and other marginalized groups have endured for centuries in silence with neither laws or law enforcement to protect them.
A woman occupying the Oval Office would likely prioritize the public health and safety crisis caused by the vast gun, drug and human trafficking trades as well as the economic insecurity of those earning substandard wages, and lacking affordable healthcare, childcare and elder care. Unlike the US, these are basic needs and smart investments that European countries have long embraced in the care of their citizenry. They’ve also elected women presidents. Why not US?
Women by nature are perfectly suited for balancing the competing priorities of politics to ensure no one is left behind. They’ve cared for families forever!
Our Foremothers understood how important women’s political participation was to ending inequality. They fought for every right we have today, but their work isn’t done. A madam president and the Equal Rights Amendment is for our generation to accomplish for the next.
The president, congress, states and the corporate-owned media know full well the contributions and potential of women office holders. They’ve watched how women focus on improving the economy, environment and quality of life of human beings over wasting precious resources and human life fighting endless testosterone-laden wars. America desperately needs women in charge…
Let’s challenge ourselves between now and 2020 to pay attention and support women candidates at the local, state and federal level. When she takes a stand for what you believe, say so. And if she doesn’t, tell her why. Be that involved.
Only when we nurture women’s growth and political success -recognizing the imperative of balanced decision making on the issues we face- will we begin to see a renaissance in American government, politics and people like never before. #United4Equality.