Equality in pay, job opportunities, political structure, social security and education will remain an elusive dream without a guarantee of equality in the U.S. Constitution. The progress we have made — and must continue to make — towards women’s equality can be lost at any time because those advances depend on legislation that can be (and has been) weakened or repealed by Congress. Although we did not succeed in ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment, winning a constitutional guarantee of equality for women remains one of NOW’s top priorities.
It’s an embarrassment. The United States stands nearly alone — joined only by Iran, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and the Pacific Island nations of Palau and Tonga — in failing to ratify CEDAW, the international women’s rights treaty.
We won’t stand for sexists like Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia interpreting women’s rights as unprotected in the U.S.
According to an American University study, 63 percent of girls have never even thought about running for political office. I can’t help but think that if high school history texts featured Shirley Chisholm’s story a little more prominently, the number of girls who have thought about running for office would be a lot higher.
But it would have been easier to find Knight guilty of sexual harassment than it was to find him guilty of sex discrimination and, since I want so badly for Nelson to have won, I wish that’s the route her attorneys had taken.
His co-sponsorship may have been an accident — almost like an accidental friend request — but support for the ERA should be uncontroversial.
Workplaces aren’t always safe or comfortable environments for women, and women’s concerns aren’t always taken seriously. Sexual harassment may have a name, but we don’t always recognize it.
The National Organization for Women is elated for the many same-sex couples whose loving, committed relationships will now be recognized in law a result of today’s Supreme Court rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8.Read more
NOW will continue to work with our allies to legislatively overrule Vance and Nassar to correct what Justice Ginsburg called ‘this court’s wayward interpretations of Title VII.’ We will also continue to fight for policies that foster racial diversity in higher education — without which communities of color will continue to face unjust barriers in employment and beyond.Read more
Kaili Joy Gray writes at The Daily Kos: “This week, Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez introduced S.J.RES.10: ‘A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to equal rights for men and women.’”Read more
Katha Pollitt of The Nation writes: “Of course the ERA won’t mandate equal representation in Congress or anywhere else, but the very fact that it evokes the possibility is what’s exciting about it. The ERA would switch the paradigm from how much equality…Read more
A timeline history of the ERA’s history and NOW’s activism on the issue.
In the U.S. and around the globe, women continue to be targets of sexual and domestic violence. Women are discriminated against in the workplace, and disproportionately suffer from poverty, less access to health care, less access to a livable wage, and barriers to higher education.
The deadline for the ratification of the Equal Rights Movement has been removed.
NOW and our many allies will work hard for passage of this crucially important legislation. With so many efforts by conservatives to turn back the clock on women’s rights, guaranteeing women’s equal rights in the U.S. Constitution is essential.