Former Senator Ellie Kinnaird shows off a feminist lapel button before delivering her keynote speech.
At RATIFY ERA-NC’s recent statewide conference, “The ERA: Alive and Kicking,” in Raleigh, women (and one male ally) from across the state gathered to hear keynote speaker Ellie Kinnaird discuss the amendment’s history, our current three-state strategy, and congressional legislation to eliminate the deadline for ratification. Former state Senator Kinnaird mentioned that NC had failed to ratify the ERA in the 1970s by only one vote. She noted that the 14th amendment speaks specifically of males and that sex discrimination cases, unlike race discrimination lawsuits, have been interpreted by the Supreme Court using intermediate scrutiny, rather than strict scrutiny. Men file 40 percent of sex bias cases in the Supreme Court, she noted. Continue reading