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USA Could Be Just 3 States Away from ERA

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Celebrations of Women's Equality Day are getting a little empty without passage of an ERA, says Bernadette Cahill. With a bit of help from Obama we could be just three states away. Join United 4 Equality and help pass HJ Resolution 47!


(WOMENSENEWS)--Nearly a century ago, women campaigning for the vote stood in the freezing snow, the blazing sun and the pelting rain outside the White House silently holding banners asking, "Mr. President, How Long Must Women Wait for Liberty?"

Now, as Women's Equality Day rolls around yet again tomorrow--celebrating 91 years of U.S. women's right to vote--the message of those banners needs resurrecting, but with a modern twist.

They should read: "Mr. President, How Long Must Women Wait for Equality?"

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If President Barack Obama would get behind House Joint Resolution 47, his answer to us all could be: "Not long at all."

Rep. Tammy Baldwin, a Wisconsin Democrat, chose the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day to introduce the resolution last March. It seeks to remove the deadline from the original 1972 bill on the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) that passed both houses of Congress and was ratified by 35 states before the deadline expired in 1982.

The deadline was not part of the original ERA and by 1982 it had already been extended by three years.

HJ Resolution 47 would require passage by a simple majority of both houses.

After that, ERA ratification would need only three more states.

Those votes could come from any of these holdouts: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Nevada, South Carolina, Utah and Virginia.

The ERA states: Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of sex. In 2011, it's hard to think what lawmakers in these states should find controversial about that.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Are YOU 'Against it'?

Split your sides with this video!

Remind you of any particular group of Good ol Boys bent on destroying a certain country?


[Ed., I haven't Snopsed this yet, but wanted to alert you all. sandyo, ERA Inc]

Service Women's Action Network

July 22, 2011

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Dear Friends of SWAN,

Our efforts to hold military leadership accountable for rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment in the ranks are making significant headway both in terms of litigation and legislative reform. However, bias against victims and a desire to sweep incidents under the rug remain a continued threat to victims and an obstacle to institutional progress.

I want to talk to you today about the issue of Personality Disorders. In recent weeks, SWAN has been hearing from increasing numbers of active duty women and men whose careers have ended after reporting their rapes and assaults. In these cases, servicemembers have been sexually assaulted, and then almost immediately after reporting their attacks, have been diagnosed by military medical providers with a "Personality Disorder."

Why should we care? Personality Disorders make one ineligible for military service as well as veterans' benefits. Rape and assault survivors who are diagnosed with this condition are then routinely discharged from service. Their careers end practically overnight.

What I want to emphasize here is that Personality Disorders are pre-existing conditions that do not appear out of the blue. As we have seen with combat veterans, sexual assault survivors are often times misdiagnosed with Personality Disorder, instead of being properly diagnosed with PTSD or another medical condition that accurately reflects their symptoms.

Let's be clear. In the cases we are talking about, at both Military Academies and throughout the military itself, these are not diagnoses that correlate with the facts of a servicemember's military or medical record. In fact, all evidence suggests in these cases that the diagnosis of a Personality Disorder is meted out to a military sexual assault survivor as retaliation. It appears to be a way for the military to get rid of troops who are simply reporting a violent crime committed by a fellow servicemember.

SWAN is working with legislators to ensure that the military will never again be able to get rid of sexual assault survivors as if they are dead weight. But we need your help. If you would be so kind as to forward these questions to your networks, so that we can properly examine and identify cases of negligence, we would be truly grateful:

  1. Are you a veteran who suffered a sexual assault while in the military and was subsequently diagnosed with a Personality Disorder by military medical personnel and discharged because of it?

  1. Do you consider your diagnosis itself to be a form of retaliation related to your sexual assault?

  1. Have you been denied VA benefits because of this diagnosis?

  1. Have you unsuccessfully attempted to have this diagnosis changed or removed from your records by consulting with another military doctor, a VA doctor, or a private mental health provider?

  1. Have you successfully had the diagnosis removed from your records and still had your disability claim denied by the VA even though you have another diagnosis (such as PTSD) that is related to military sexual assault?

If you answered YES to the first question AND any subsequent questions, please contact us at with your story.

Many thanks for your continued support,
Aun Bhagwati

Anu Bhagwati

Executive Director, Service Women's Action Network

(Photo by Leah Hogsten)

Friday, July 22, 2011

NEW ERA organization in Jacksonville FL ! Give a Look-SEE asap!

Submit, Woman...Powerful book by a wife abused by pastors and ministers. MUST READ

[Ed., ERA Inc has a policy against publicizing others' enterprises. We agreed to break this in this instance as it is a powerful story by minister-husband-abused Jocelyn Andersen, a strong supporter of our Equal Rights Amendment work. Her book is Submit, Woman. Well worth your while through libraries or purchase whether you are questioning your own abuse or just simpatico.] Go, Jocelyn!!
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The Warrior Dash

For the next seven months I will be training for the Warrior Dash. The Warrior Dash is a 3 1/2 mile physical challenge attended by thousands. I will be running for ERA.

Why, you ask, is a 55 year old grandmother of eight planning to compete in a mud-crawling, fire-leaping, extreme run from hell?
Well, I’ll tell you....

I will be sludging through the murky waters of “Alligator Alley” in support of the Equal Rights Amendment, which simply reads: Equality under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex….

Do I think I might win? Not likely, but I will happily dash down river in the “Rio Run” in support of Florida families who are cheated of over $4000 per year in income because many Florida wives and mothers still only make 72 cents on the dollar as compared to men.

Do I think I will finish? You bet. I will gladly venture into unknown murky waters in the “Slithering Swamp” in support of every Florida girl and boy who is living in an under-privileged household because their mothers do not receive fair salaries or career advancement opportunities simply because they are women.

I will joyously speed through hundreds of tires in “Knee High Hell” in support of the 3 in 7 retirement age women in Florida who must continue working or live in poverty because they were unable to pay enough into pension plans and social security due to equal pay laws not being enforced.

I will ecstatically scale my way through the thick palmettos in the “Palmetto Prison” in support of fair salaries and career advancement opportunities in support of women.

I will delightedly hustle up and over giant straw bales in “Hay Fever” in support of necessary protection from violence against women

I will cheerfully maneuver over the cargo nets in the “Cargo Climb” in support of a Constitutional Amendment which will secure the birthright of equal treatment for male and female alike. Laws, state ERAs, the 14th Amendment are no guarantee.

I will enthusiastically fight my way through the water and gale force winds in the “Treacherous Typhoon” in support of mobilizing, organizing, and publicizing the swelling need for America’s Equal Rights Amendment which is already in place in every nation created since WWII!

I will zealously sprint to the summit on “Hell’s Hill” in support of propelling society forward by unleashing the talent and energies of ALL people, working together for a civilized society.

I will eagerly leap over the warrior fires of the “Warrior Roast” to enhance the dignity of all humankind by proclaiming equality of women and men under the law in perpetuity.

And I will humbly scramble beneath barbed wire in “Muddy Mayhem” in support of every Florida citizen who does not have equality under the Constitution based on his or her sex. Both sexes should get Honorable Mention in the Constitution representing the citizens’ contract with the United States of America.

Women's Rights + Men’s Rights = Equal Rights = Human Rights

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

One Really Beautiful Idea

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Do you know about You can make loans of from $25 up to poor women around the world who are in business. I choose women to give my loans to and pick a country where the value of the money isn’t fluctuating ( gives you that info for every loan sought) and so far I haven’t lost anything. When $25 is repaid, I make another loan.



Why Aren't YOU at Work for Passing ERA now??

Barbara Hannah Grufferman [Ed., SandyO. It's awfully easy to read this and write ERA pronouncements and urge everyone else to DO something about the ERA! YOU are the everyone else. We of the national Equal Rights Alliance Inc. have been working VERY hard for you for free for ERA ratification for 10 years now! Get off the couch, go to your computer and seek out, our site which is paid for by donations from others. Find out what's really going on, who benefits from ERA (male and female alike, all), which states have ratified and how easy it SHOULD BE to get 3 more states ratified and ERA passed into the US Constitution!

But, WE CANNOT CONTINUE TO DO IT ALONE to the tune of others humming "I wish I had the ERA..". WE NEED YOU, EVERYONE to take up the shovel and start digging with your Sisters. There are SEVEN states filing bills: Florida, Louisiana, Missouri, Arkansas, Virginia, Nevada, Illinois and other states with plans. Find answers to how to pitch in in your own state to help PROPEL THE ERA at We will HELP you get started--one of our is mentoring. Step up to the plate, Sisters, ERA needs you. Seriously.]

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From Hope to History: It's Time to Pass the Equal Rights Amendment

Posted: 07/ 1/11 11:18 AM ET

My two teenaged daughters want to know why we have failed them. They want to know why -- in 2011 -- the U.S. Constitution still does not state that men and women are equal.

What do I tell them?

Recently, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Wal-Mart and against the almost 1.6 million women who were part of the class action suit and who had been systematically denied pay and opportunities to advance within the company on par with their male colleagues. My daughters shook their heads in disgust.

And then this: a small article publicizing that Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) reintroduced the Equal Rights Amendment at an event in Washington D.C. Yes, the same ERA that was introduced 88 years ago, and which has never gotten the 38 states necessary for ratification (only 35 came through) to make it a permanent part of the Constitution. Had I not seen that on Huffington Post, I never would have known that it had just been reintroduced. And the only major media coverage I've seen was on the Rachel Maddow show. My daughters looked at me as though it were all my fault.

Not only do the major media ignore this story year after year, but most people I interviewed didn't know the status of the ERA, or even the actual words of the amendment. According to

The Equal Rights Amendment, first proposed in 1923 by Alice Paul, to affirm that women and men have equal rights under the law, is still not part of the U.S. Constitution.

The ERA was passed out of Congress in 1972 and has been ratified by 35 of the necessary 38 states. When three more states vote yes, it is possible that the ERA could become the 28th Amendment. The ERA could also be ratified by restarting the traditional process of passage by a two-thirds majority in the Senate and the House of Representatives, followed by ratification by legislatures in three-quarters (38) of the 50 states.

The actual words of the simply stated amendment as written by Alice Paul are:

Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.

Women (and men) in this country should be (and are) outraged, appalled, and angry at the utter lack of attention it has received. The ERA is probably the one amendment to our Constitution that could actually stop big companies like Wal-Mart from paying and promoting people based on sex... and it was not headline news, even on the heels of the Supreme Court debacle. Passing the ERA could very well be the beginning of the end of the war on women.

Trying to gauge how people are feeling, I put this question out on Facebook and Twitter -- Did you know that the ERA was just reintroduced and do you even care? -- and here are just a few of the many comments I received from all over the country (reprinted with their permission):

Of course I care! Equal work for unequal pay is one of the major disparities left between men and women's rights.
Elizabeth Flynn

I did not know! I was just telling my son and his girlfriend (ages 24) about the original ERA last week. I remember being utterly shocked, dismayed, depressed and disappointed that it did not pass the first time around. And it really opened my eyes to inequality. It's time.
Linda Landis

For a long time after ERA died (thanks largely to Utah, my home state) I thought it no longer mattered. Equality was settled, time to move on. What has happened just since last November in the War on Women has made it imperative that we get this done.
Jann Steckel Swanson

We women must stand united. We must care and we have to incite a rumble and be heard. Equal rights for all should be a given.
Vickie Stahl

I teach high school history and my students are always shocked to learn that women are not equal. We have quite a discussion on what it means and why it did not pass.
Donna Monica Krause

And this from a man who has two young daughters and would like to see the ERA become a reality this time around:

Women are getting paid less for the same jobs as men, they still must break glass ceilings, and they are being violently attacked and assaulted by males at home and at jobs and constantly face men who are bullies. The ERA can and should be passed by Congress and ratified by the states before the November 2012 elections. It is time for women to unite and demand that the ERA be part of the Constitution. Every member of the House and Senate should be called on immediately before July 4th to add their names as co-sponsor of the ERA. The time for excuses is over.
Brad Berger

For those of us who feel deeply about the ERA, this is what we should be asking:

Where are the powerful men and women who could -- with a few encouraging words -- get people out in the streets, writing letters to government leaders, energizing us to fight to make this a reality? Nancy Pelosi? Michelle Obama? In fact, where is President Obama? The White House website posted an "official" position on the ERA which I found disheartening indeed. Tina Tchen, the Executive Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls, wrote a blog about how President Obama has "a proven track record of supporting the ERA" and how then-Senator Obama in 2008 was "a sponsor of a joint resolution ratifying the ERA... " Yes. That's one of the reasons we voted for him to begin with. But what is President Obama doing now that he is in the position to help turn the ERA from fantasy into fact? And, Oprah, if you are reading... we all know what you could do.

There are some who may believe the ERA is an outdated concept put forth by the original vanguard of the women's movement, and one that is no longer relevant. The truth, in fact, is quite the opposite. It has never been more important, essential and urgent than it is now. Women are still making 77 cents for every dollar that a man makes, and there are even fewer women on boards and in senior management than in previous years. There is a War on Women happening in this country, make no mistake. The time has come. No more excuses, no more waiting. And no more Supreme Court decisions like the one handed down about Wal-Mart.

Marianne Schnall, founder of, and author of the beautiful book, Daring to Be Ourselves, wrote this to me in an email:

It feels to me like unfinished business to have the ERA left unratified, especially when it is about something as fundamental as establishing the equality of men and women under the law. The fact that women are still so underrepresented and underpaid in this country is evidence that we still need this protection. This is an opportunity to create a historic milestone.

Let this be a call to action: Groups are being formed around the country, and on the Internet, to help get this ratified once and for all. It's a simple decision: If you believe the ERA should become the 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, consider doing the following:

  • Contact your local government leader and tell them you will not back down until the ERA is ratified
  • Go to Facebook pages such as ERA Now and Equal Rights Amendment to get up-to-date information
  • Share this article and get others as energized as you

Don't let another year go by. Let the pride we have in our country -- as we celebrate the 4th of July -- extend to our belief in equality for all. If we work together, we can turn hope into history, and show our daughters and sons that we will not fail them... again.