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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.
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.
What a difficult job being in law endorsement is today.
How scary it must be to feel singled out and possibly murdered by police for what?
Violence fills our society and every dayWomen are violated on account of our sex. Only no one ever analyzes this epidemic. In Patriarchy-Women were never at the table to establish any institution in America – not government, police, military, education, social safety net, healthcare, business, religion, NOTHING. Not even the constitution which provides a framework for government action (or inaction).
Yet women are required to abide by laws we never agreed to… and sit silently watching from the sidelines.
Let’s address the root cause of inequality that no one in our mind numbing media talks about – Gender Inequality. There are many sides to every story and by listening to each, we may actually find common ground. But until we are willing to admit that many have suffered injustice of all kinds, protests are little more than fire starters.
To all of us who supported Hillary Clinton for President in 2008 or now in 2016, I challenge us to become a united drumbeat behind one simple ideal: constitutional equality for women in the US and around the world. It is a universal and profoundly important message missing from American public discourse that needs to be at the forefront if we are to succeed in electing the first woman president, Hillary Clinton.
The ERA 2015 campaign was born out of quite frankly, my anger at Hillary’s 2008 defeat. Uncle Sam is a hypocrite on the issue of human rights as long as 1/2 of all Americans – women – are held back as 2nd class citizens with limited rights under law. The 1923 Equal Rights Amendment turns 90 years old today, July 21, 1923. We begin the countdown to one century that women have demanded and been denied inclusion in our constitution.
Global women’s equality is Hillary’s passionate cause. Gender equity must begin at home.
Hillary’s 2016 platform will be shaping up over the next two years. Her message must be fresh, inspirational and authentic in order to break through the media noise machine and grow her base of support among men and women and across party lines. We must begin our campaign strategy now as a sea of voices echoing the call for our fearless leader to take on and lead this worldwide movement by example. The World will again watch her ascent. Her message must also resonate with them.
To find out more about our ERA 2015 campaign that includes a joint resolution in Congress – H.J. Res. 43 & S.J. Res. 15 to remove the deadline for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, go to http://www.united4equality.com. Lend your voice to pass these ERA resolutions’ now in Congress and place women voters front and center in American politics to ultimately chose the winners and losers in 2014 & 2016. The path to victory begins with our setting the stage for a fresh, seasoned and authentic world leader to emerge and embrace the torch for women’s equality worldwide- President Hillary Clinton!
(Deceased) Army Pfc, Sarina N. Butcher (19 yrs)
(Deceased) Army Captain Gussie M. Jones (41 yrs)
(Deceased) Sgt. Zainah C. Creamer (28 yrs)
- Army Pfc Sarina N. Butcher died when her vehicle was attacked in Afghanistan by a roadside bomb.
- Army Captain Gussie M. Jones died from a heart attack in Bagdad.
- Army Sergeant Zainah Caye Creamer died of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked her unit.
On April 2, 2013, the following five Arkansas senators on the Committee on State Agencies and Government Affairs, saw to it that the honor, dignity and respect of full citizenship to America’s servicewomen and to all women was DENIED.
In January 2013, the Pentagon announced its recommendation to lift the ban on women in combat. Great! BUT where was the recommendation for Uncle Sam to lift the ban on women included in the Constitution?
Governor Mike Beebe and First Lady Ginger Beebe, do you approve of the fact that Arkansas under your leadership freely chose to disallow women the equivalent protection of the US Constitution that men have?
Secretary Hagel, no more SERVICEWOMEN into Harm’s Way without ending their 2nd class citizenship under the ERA.
These five senators not only disgraced the residents, students, families, businesses, nonprofits and military that reside within their districts, but willfully ignored the courage and sacrifice that led Sarina, Zainah and Gussie into battle and to all women who are subjected to customary and institutional oppression under the U.S. government today.
Stop playing “god” with women’s lives in the US and around the world under the guise of legality or morality.
America, wake up and get real. Politics in government is the best reality show on TV and you have your very own role to play. Tune out the trash and tune into your rights being upheld. We the People will be the (s)heroes of this hit reality show here and around the world when you wake up to insist upon equality for all under the ERA 2015 campaign.
Link to the actual hearing in the AR Assembly.
Link to full AP article covering ERA hearing in Arkansas.
Posted: April 2, 2013 – 3:55pm Andrew DeMillo, Associated Press
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A renewed effort to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution failed before an Arkansas state Senate panel Tuesday, after opponents said they believed the move would have unintended consequences ranging from mandatory coed bathrooms to government-funded abortions.