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.
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…
Our comments after this article which we stumbled upon today.
Women were intentionally excluded as equal citizens under our Constitution for 228 years and counting. Our Forefathers consequently used laws to keep women in their place: couldn’t own property, or keep their wages, or file for divorce, or apply for credit, or speak in public, or be educated, or work overtime, or serve in our military, or walk down the street alone safely (we still can’t do that), or ride a bicycle, or wear pants, or escape domestic violence (we still can’t do this), or escape being raped by her husband (not sure about this either), and more…. Our legislators have carried on their legacy of oppression and still today deny women equal rights. Women have NEVER been encouraged to develop to their full potential UNLESS it is to support a man as WIFE or as MOTHER to his children. Even today, the daily diet of sex-laden, sultry images of women half undressed isn’t to lift women up or to respect us for our contributions to society which far outnumber men’s. Patriarchy exists is to keep Women down. To convince us that Hillary Clinton is a lying vixen. To not trust Women to lead our country of men. God forbid Hillary is portrayed as any less “vile” than Eve was to Adam. Careful voters, Hillary could be responsible for the Fall of Man. Or Patriarchy. We can only hope. For our Planet’s sake.