story by Beth Walton for the Asheville Citizen Times, March 5th, 2015
ASHEVILLE – Roberta Madden wants to live to see the day the Equal Rights Amendment is added to the U.S. Constitution.
At 78, the Black Mountain resident fears she is running out of time.
“It’s amazing to think how long I have been working on this — since 1972,” said Madden, who retired as director of racial and social justice at the YWCA in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, seven years ago.
“The problem is no one knows what the ERA is, or they think it has already passed,” she said.
Ninety-two years after the landmark legislation was first introduced in Congress, some Western North Carolina women say it’s time to again try to win state support to ratify the ERA, an effort planned for this General Assembly session.
“We have a legacy of discrimination,” said Madden, who is the co-director of Ratify ERA-NC. [cont. reading]
“ERA is in the air,” according to Gailya Paliga, President of the NC National Organization for Women.
The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is the topic of a new book – “Equal Means Equal, Why the Time for an Equal Rights Amendment Is NOW” by Jessica Neuwirth in 2015.
Oscar winning actress Patricia Arquette used part of her acceptance speech to push for women’s equality Sunday night, February 22, 2015. Women “have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States of America!” she announced.
And the introduction of ERA in NC was big news at NC Women United’s Women’s Advocacy Day reception on Monday night, February 23, 2015. Rep. Carla Cunningham (D -Mecklenburg) announced that an ERA resolution would be introduced soon in the N.C. House of Representatives.
Rep. Carla Cunningham (D-Mecklenburg) Photo Credit: NCGA
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