ERA is alive and kicking in NC and nationally

North Carolina – “the big hairy foot”

Although the North Carolina General Assembly has not yet acted on the Equal Rights Amendment during its current session, the Senate version is still alive.

Under a Senate rule, constitutional amendments are exempt from the April 30 crossover deadline, which requires that one house or the other must pass legislation by that date in order to keep it alive for the 2015-2016 term. Therefore, S.184 by Senators Floyd McKissick, Terry Van Duyn, Paul A. Lowe, Jr., and Mike Woodard remains viable. The big hairy foot trampling in the pansy bed is the Senate Rules Committee, which has so far refused to hear the ERA.

Now aroused women across the state are urging the Rules Committee and Chairman Tom Apodaca to hold a hearing and send the ERA to the full Senate for a vote.

Dare County and Buncombe County women sent hundreds of purple postcards to legislators. During an ERA session at the Business and Professional Women state convention in May, dozens of women sent postcards to Rules Committee members. A week later, after an inspiring speech by former Senator Ellie Kinnaird, the state League of Women Voters stood up for the ERA, adding it to the list of action areas. Some League members took postcards home to send to legislators.

Two other organizations, NC4ERA and the National Organization for Women, organized silent sentinels in front of Senator Apodaca’s office to protest the Rules Committee’s inaction.

RATIFY ERA-NC is planning a statewide ERA meeting this fall. Stay tuned for details so you can be there.

ERA Lapel Pin

Golden ERA pins available for donors to RATIFY ERA-NC
Small gold-colored ERA pins are now available for people who donate $50 or more to RATIFY ERA-NC, thanks to David Madden, who paid for the pins. These pins are ideal for wearing everywhere and are excellent conversation-starters. To get your pin, please mail your check to RATIFY ERA-NC, P.O. Box 758, Black Mountain, NC 28711.

Other unratified states
In Illinois, Virginia, Florida, and other unratified states, the ERA is a constant presence in legislatures, where women continue to advocate tirelessly for ratification.

ERA 3-state strategy measures introduced in Congress for Mother’s Day
At the congressional level, legislation was introduced in May, just in time for Mother’s Day, to eliminate the deadline so that only three more states need to ratify the ERA:
•    Senate Joint Resolution 15 by Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Mark Kirk (R-IL), which now has 27 cosponsors
•    House Joint Resolution 51 by Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA), which has 152 cosponsors, including NC Reps. Alma Adams and David Price

Got 7 minutes? Here’s what you can do for the ERA
•    Call, visit, or write to Senator Apodaca and other members of the Senate Rules Committee to urge a hearing on the ERA, Senate Bill 184. For contact information go to www.ncleg.net.
•    Contact Senators Tillis and Burr and urge them to cosponsor S.J.Res.15 to eliminate the deadline for ratifying the ERA. You can call them at the U.S. Capitol toll free at 1-877-762-8762.
•    Contact your representative in the U.S. House of Representatives and urge him or her to cosponsor H.J.Res.51 to eliminate the deadline for ratifying the ERA. Call the U.S. Capitol toll free at 1-877-762-8762.
•    Make a donation to RATIFY ERA-NC. We will send your ERA pin as a thank you!

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Visit NCYouthRock – “Youth voices are important to the future of our state. We will educate and encourage NC youth and encourage our elected representatives to make decisions beneficial to young people in NC.” ~ Madison Kimrey

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What happened to the push for the ERA in NC?

WNC legislator, activist weigh in for passage of ERA

by Kirk Ross/Carolina Public Press

RALEIGH—The Equal Rights Amendment, a landmark push to enshrine women’s equality in the U.S. Constitution, is in limbo again in North Carolina. Continue reading…

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NC lawmakers say “no” yet again to equality for women

By Roberta Madden (originally published in NC Policy Watch’s Progressive Voices)

On October 24 1975, 90% of Iceland's women refused to work, cook or look after children

On October 24 1975, 90% of Iceland's women refused to work, cook or look after children.

Forty years ago, 90 percent of Iceland’s women took “a day off,” refusing to work, cook, or tend the children. In a powerful strike for equality, 25,000 women from all walks of life gathered on a Friday in the capital city of Reykjavik to listen to speeches, sing, and talk about issues. Schools, stores, businesses and other institutions shut down as Icelandic society nearly came to a standstill. Ten years later, 50,000 people rallied in Iceland’s capital to protest that some inequities remained.

Meanwhile, Icelandic voters elected the world’s first democratically elected female president. Although women there do not yet enjoy complete pay parity, Iceland does have the narrowest pay gap in the world, while other inequities have been resolved. In 2011 Newsweek named Iceland the best place in the world for women on issues of health, education, economics, politics, and justice.

Sadly, when it comes to women’s rights, the United States lags far behind Iceland and many other nations. American women still lack equal pay, and at the present snail’s pace will not get it until 2058. On average, women take home only 78 cents for every dollar earned by men. Even more drastic are the figures for women of color: 68 cents for black women and 57 cents for Hispanic women. Over the course of their working lives, American women are paid anywhere from $700,000 to $2 million less than their male colleagues. Continue reading

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UPDATE FROM NC GENERAL ASSEMBLY – MAY 2015

Women's Advocacy Day at the NC legislature.

Pictured at Women's Advocacy Day at the legislature are women who participated in a press conference. Among them are Marena Groll of NC4ERA, left; Rep. Carla Cunningham, third from left; Roberta Madden of RATIFY ERA-NC, second from right; and Rep. Susan Fisher, right.

Because the crossover deadline has run out for legislation to pass one chamber in order to be considered in next year’s session of the General Assembly, North Carolina women must now wait until 2017, the next long session, for equal rights to be considered.

The measure, House Bill 166, introduced by Rep. Carla Cunningham and 31 others, had been assigned to the Judiciary 1 Committee. However committee chairman Leo Daughtry refused to schedule a hearing. “I don’t think it’s critical at this time,” he said, claiming that great progress has already been made in gender equality. Across the hall, Senate Bill 184 by Sens. Floyd McKissick and Terry Van Duyn died in the Rules Committee, often considered the graveyard for progressive legislation.

Although we didn’t succeed in getting the ERA ratified this year, advocates did make headway. Continue reading

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Report: Wage gap hurts most vulnerable in NC

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Push for gender-equity amendment returns to North Carolina

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The New Women Warriors

 The new women warriors: Reviving the fight for equal rights

Watch the video and read the article by Jessica Ravitz on CNN.

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It’s time to call or write your NC representatives

Here’s an important message from our sister organization, NC4ERA. Please call or write these 11 members of NC House Judiciary 1 Committee and urge them to support the Equal Rights Amendment. In the article you’ll find each member’s telephone number. If you prefer to email simply click on the Representative’s name below their picture.

 

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Gloria Steinem on Black Women: ‘They Invented the Feminist Movement’

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