Let’s form a more perfect union for all

Guest commentary by Roberta Madden for the Asheville Citizen-Times, Feb. 28, 2014

“In Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.”

This preamble to the U.S. Constitution declares the promise of America.

But for American women, the promise has been willfully delayed. The Founding Fathers granted citizens’ rights only to property-owning white males. Over the years, constitutional amendments gradually extended rights to others, including, after the Civil War, to former slaves — but excluded the female half of that population.

Having won the right to vote, women began a campaign for full equality under the law in 1923, when Alice Paul wrote the first Equal Rights Amendment. The ERA was introduced in every session of Congress until it finally passed Congress in 1972 and went to the states for ratification. However, the preamble required a seven-year deadline, which Congress later extended to 1982 — a total of only 10 years.

To put an amendment into the Constitution, three-fourths of the states (38) must ratify it. When the deadline was reached, 35 states had ratified. Fifteen states refused to do so, including North Carolina. Continue reading

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The Power of Coalitions

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Women March for ERA on February 8 in Raleigh

Photo courtesy of Marena Groll


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United4Equality’s Carolyn Cook Chosen for Alice Paul Award

Carolyn Cook - Founder and CEO United4Equality

The Alice Paul Institute, of Mount Laurel, NJ, has announced the recipients of the 2013 Alice Paul Equality Awards. Honorees are Carolyn Cook, president, United 4 Equality; Letitia G. Colombi, former mayor of Haddonfield; Elaine Jacoby, a lawyer with Duane Morris, LLP; Donna M. Massanova, partner and employee benefit plans practice leader for ParenteBeard, LLC; Dianne Mills McKay, Chair, Council on Gender Parity in Labor and Education, New Jersey State Department of Labor and Workforce Development; and Patricia Teffenhart, executive director, New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

The awards are named in memory of Alice Stokes Paul. Born in Mount Laurel, Paul dedicated her life to securing equal rights for all women, including the final campaign for women’s right to vote. She authored the Equal Rights Amendment and initiated gender equality principles in both the United Nations Charter and in the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Honorees can come from any industry or field so they capture the spirit of Alice Paul and continue her mission of advancing women’s equality in America.

The awards will be presented at a dinner on March 20.

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North Carolina

The Bill Moyers Documentary Film

Thursday, February 27, 2014

6:30 PM
(Doors open at 6:00 PM)

At the Lord Auditorium

In the lower level of Pack Library

67 Haywood St., Downtown Asheville

Panel Discussion of Action to Follow

Sponsored by:

Common Cause/North Carolina

Asheville AAUW  •  Asheville PARC * Ratify ERA-NC

The Mountain People’s Assembly   •  Democracy-NC *  Mountain Voices Alliance

Move to Amend of Buncombe County

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Moral March on Raleigh Set for February 8

On February 8, 2014, tens of thousands of people will gather at Shaw University on Wilmington St. between South St. and MLK Jr. Blvd. at 9:30 a.m. in downtown Raleigh. The march to Fayetteville Street will begin at 10:30 a.m., after which we will begin the mass people’s assembly on the doorstep of the State Capitol.
For the past seven years, a fusion movement has been growing in North Carolina. In 2006, the Historic Thousands on Jones St. (HKonJ) People’s Assembly Coalition was formed under the leadership of Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and the North Carolina NAACP. It has grown to include over 150 coalition partners, including NC Women United. Each year this fusion movement comes together on the second Saturday in February to hold a mass people’s assembly to reaffirm its commitment to the 14 Point People’s Agenda and to hold lawmakers accountable to the people of North Carolina.
Don’t miss this critically important opportunity to unite and send a message: we’re moving forward, and we’re doing so together.

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Why We March – Because Women’s Lives Matter

Posted by  NAACP  on February 04, 2014

(from Tara Romano, President, NCWU)

North Carolina women started 2013 with a detailed research report on our status, reflecting the results of years of advocacy for policies recognizing our rights as full, valued citizens of this state. The report showed how far our advocacy had taken us, but also gaps where we could do better. Instead of using this data as a road map toward full equality for all women of North Carolina, however, many in our government and communities instead presented us with their narrow vision of womanhood – one in which we never need assistance raising our families, always have a husband to support us economically, never experience sexual/domestic violence or unplanned pregnancies, and have nothing but time on Election Day when we want to cast our ballot. [more...]

Moral March on Raleigh, Saturday, Feb. 8th

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How Voter ID Laws Disproportionately Impact Women

Read the article by the League of Women Voters.

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