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An open letter to Google CEO on Gender Stereotype Firing. For full article on circumstances, click here
James Damore had the courage to say what was on his mind and own it. For that he's more honest than most men who think it, act it and don't say it. His speaking up may have broken rules of conduct and for that probation or disciplinary action was warranted. However, his memo also provided an opportunity for constructive dialogue within the tech company and industry to happen.
America is in complete and utter denial of the ubiquitousness of sexism and misogyny! Look no further than Election 2016 and the media's heightened scrutiny of Hillary Clinton and free pass to Donald Trump.
Mr. Damore's opinion was not an isolated mindset exclusive to young conservative men.
Consider what might have happened if instead of being fired, he was asked to elaborate on his memo in a mediated Town Hall dialogue with some of the women he offended. Ground rules would be set at the outset. An honest and open discussion could have been eye opening for Google employees (and the rest of us onlookers) from all sides.
It was a missed opportunity to address the larger centuries old civil war between men and women to co-exist peacefully and respectfully (within and among all races) that needs to happen now.
For someone as young as Mr. Damore to air his grievances publicly BUT then also to listen to women's responses and experiences would have been groundbreaking conversation around the world.
Women's experiences and suffering are never expressed in mainstream media. Women are far more than robots, sex kittens, victims or evil feminists.
In the end, maybe it wouldn't have changed Mr. Damore's mind immediately, but he'd have had more respect for how the alleged liberal Google's elite handled him AND more importantly, more information to consider as he goes on through life and encounters more women in his path.
If he had kept his job, he likely would have endured the scorn and ostracism of some of his coworkers. Ongoing public shame is tough for anyone. No doubt a public expression of the diversity of opinions within the google ranks would have been far more productive and demonstrative of Google's diversity commitment than handing him the grounds for a lawsuit.
It becomes the 36th state to approve gender equality under the Constitution! The ERA needs just two more states and Congress to eliminate their arbitrary deadline for ratification to halt Congress, the White House, and the states “Open Season” on women and gay rights – who are especially harmed by continued sex discrimination under law.
We are proud to have spearheaded Congressional bills HJR53 and SHR5 back in 2011/2012 to eliminate Congress’s deadline on the ERA. In doing so, we minimize the chance of a legal hurdle ahead that could invalidate any ratifications after 1982.
The ERA would be an incredible victory for all Women and the LGBTQ community who are the most harmed today by continued sex discrimination.
The ERA declares equality for All regardless of sex. It represents everyone who dreams and is fighting for a new day in America!
If you know your members’ names, click United 4 Equality to check if they are among the current cosponsors.
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.
CALL-IN TO SENATE JUDICIARY:
This call-in event is directed to the US Senate’s Judiciary Committee, your two senators & the White House.
A Justice is appointed for a lifetime; far exceeding a congressional two-year term, a senatorial six-year term or an eight-year term for president. It’s importance cannot be stressed enough.
As Americans grapple with an abrupt return to the conservative majority that has dominated the Supreme Court since the 1970s, the continuation of the Republican controlled Congress and now White House, we have a civic and moral imperative: To insist that the process for judicial appointments be adhered to as well as the legitimacy of executive appointments.
The nine-member Supreme Court of the United States is responsible for interpreting the US Constitution in modern society and upholding precedent with regard to civil liberties as settled law. This cannot be taken for granted under any circumstances.
It is imperative that the United States maintain a two-party system of checks and balances, however slight, through the critical judicial appointment constitutionally due under the Obama Administration, for our country’s sake and for the world.
JOIN OUR CALL TO ACTION!
1) Dial the Senate Judiciary Office at 202-224-5225 and leave this message:
Sample Message (paraphrase): “My name is ________. I am a registered voter from (city, state). It is imperative that the vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia’s death on Feb. 13, 2016 no longer be ignored, obstructed or disgraced by members of the 114th Congress. There has been no senate hearing in opposition to President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee announced on March 16, 2016. Therefore, it’s time to move forward and seat Justice Merrick Garland.
I urge the Judiciary committee and my senators to heed their sworn *Oath of Office, or support an Executive Order if necessary, to seat Justice Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. This executive duty and privilege must not be forfeited by Democrats in the minority nor barred by the Republican majority for political gain.”
2. Dial the Capitol Switchboard at 1-877-762-8762 to reach both of your senators’ offices. Either speak with or leave a similar message for their JUDICIARY staffer.
3. Leave a comment on the White House comment line at 202-456-1111. Or you can send an email to the President from this webpage. https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact%20.
You’ll find Donald Trump on Twitter @realDonaldTrump.
*Congressional Oath of Office: I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.
For the Election 2016 wrap up, many women, particularly white, are angered by the continued blaming and shaming of Hillary Clinton. They’ve experienced sexual harassment and worse, yet are used to remaining invisible in the eyes of other groups whose issues are always more pressing.
Yet, when these same white feminists held out their hand for unity and a new day for All in America, they met with clenched fists.
Eyes are now opened wider to the sexism/misogyny/bigotry that exists as ‘the elephant in the room’. The media has spawned human division since its inception and refuses to acknowledge its dismemberment of Hillary Clinton’s candidacy both elections. There will be no accountability to those supporters of Hillary because apparently they don’t exist and don’t rank high enough on the human rights food chain.
The media will not invite feminist perspectives to the table until a great many of us with purses and wallets demand an alternate way of consumerism.
Who have we become oh Daughters of the Suffragists to rely on others or institutions to mend their ways or do our heavy lifting? It has never happened that way. Rights and progress were hard fought and eventually won.
Misogyny is both cultural tradition and bad habit that needs to be examined and replaced with a world view that lifts humankind.
What are you willing to do to help? Action heals depression.
United 4 Equality’s ERA bills in Congress SJR15 and HJR51 were written in direct response to the Hillary ’08 misogynists’ fiesta. We have been calling for Congress to lift their deadline for equal rights for Women (and everyone else who is forced into a gender box that doesn’t fit who they are). Just 3 states are left to amend the US Constitution with #28: the Equal Rights Amendment.
Strategically, to not get behind this streamlined principle of a healthy democracy – a civil right for all Americans so long overlooked – will only serve to maintain sexism/misogyny and division as the status quo.
It’s time for those who are sick to death of being treated inexcusably on account of their sex and their allies to embrace gender equality across the board and not rest until it is enshrined in our Constitution.
Only then will Human Rights no longer be endangered by conservative political tides and administration changes such as what Americans are facing now.
This is how Hillary’s Tribe and the legacy she wants to leave America with continues…