Every March, we evoke the names of fearless suffragists like Susan B. Anthony, Alice Paul and Cady Stanton and intrepid feminists Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan and Ellie Smeal and other social-political advocates. But paying homage in retrospect, by definition, never signals the next milestone for any movement. The most respect we can devote is to finish what they started by ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment in the U.S. Constitution. “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State on account of sex.” So far 37, states have ratified the ERA. In 2019, the historic 38th was expected to involve either Virginia or Arizona’s State legislatures to no avail. How will gender equality fare in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and elsewhere? ADVERTISEMENT The Constitution is silent on the topic of equality based on sex, in contrast to the constitutions or equivalent charters of many … [Read more...] about Honor Women’s History Month by ratifying Equal Rights Amendment
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Vietnam attaches great importance to ensuring equal rights for all ethnic minorities and considers this a decisive factor for sustainable national development, said a ranking government official. The statement was delivered by Tran Van Thuat, Director of the Ethnic Minority Policy Department of the Committee for Ethnic Minorities Affairs, at the United Nations' 2nd Forum on Minority Issues in Geneva, Switzerland from Nov. 12-13. The nation's policy on respecting the right to equitable treatment of people from ethnic groups is implemented in every part of life, from the politic and economic to the cultural and social aspects. It has also been incorporated into Vietnamese law. Director Thuat emphasised that in Vietnam, people from ethnic minorities have the right to directly join in political activities or to do so indirectly through a representative. The number of ethnic people who have a position in the political apparatus from the central to local level is increasing, he said, … [Read more...] about Vietnam ensures equal rights for all ethnic minorities
Nearly a century after it was first drafted, Illinois became the 37th state in the country to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. While the vote is symbolic -- the deadline was 1982 -- only one more state is needed for the amendment to theoretically be enshrined in the Constitution. Women's rights advocates have long argued a constitutional amendment is necessary to protect against gender discrimination. But critics say an ERA is no longer necessary in 2018. What do you think? PERSPECTIVES More than 45 years after it was approved by Congress, the Illinois House voted to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. The latest vote puts the ERA one vote away from theoretical enshrinement in the Constitution (though the deadline was nearly four decades ago). While the ERA was ultimately defeated in the early 1980s, the #MeToo era has reignited debate about women in the modern U.S. When it was originally drafted and approved by both houses of Congress in 1972, a number of … [Read more...] about Do we need an Equal Rights Amendment?
The Administration of the president declares that they are not preparing any draft laws on equality of rights and did not discuss this topic with deputy of the European Parliament Rebecca Harms. "No one from the Administration called Rebecca Harms and discussed this topic with her. There is a high probability that she was pulled a trick on," the presidential administration told the Interfax-Ukraine agency on Sunday afternoon. Earlier on Sunday, Harms told reporters that she had a conversation with representatives of the presidential administration, who allegedly rendered her the words of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko about his intention to submit a draft law on equal rights next week. Advisor of Harms Maxim Eristavi said that the interlocutor of the MEP presented himself as the head of the presidential administration, Ihor Rainin, who, on president's instructions, informed about the legislative initiative that "will cover the rights of LGBT of Ukrainians, within the … [Read more...] about Presidential Administration denies talk with MEP Harms about preparation of any draft laws on equality rights
Natalia Pane beamed Thursday as she studied the action from the balcony in Legislative Hall. "I'm so excited to watch this happen," she said. "This is history we're watching." Pane made the trip from McClean, Virginia, to watch as the Delaware House voted 35-6 to advance an equal rights amendment to the state constitution –continuing a legacy that her grandmother established nearly 50 years ago. Former state Rep. Clarice Heckert, a Brandywine Republican, was one of six women in the Delaware General Assembly who voted to ratify a proposed equal rights amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1972. That effort finished just three states short of the 38 it needed to become law. But Pane and the families of the other five women in the Legislature at that time were on hand in Dover this week to ensure a similar amendment proposed to the Delaware constitution did not fail. "It was a clear-cut, non-issue for her … [Read more...] about Delaware House advances equal rights amendment to state constitution
A proposed amendment to Delaware's constitution guaranteeing equal rights based on sex has won final legislative approval. Senators voted 16-to-5 Wednesday for the measure, which passed the House 35-to-6 last week. The legislation, considered by some to be symbolic, was introduced and approved last year but required passage in consecutive General Assemblies. The bill initially failed to win Senate approval last year amid Republican concerns about possible hidden motives, such as guaranteeing taxpayer funding for abortions or granting special rights to transgender people. The legislation was revised to clarify its intent and to note that it applies only to the state and its political subdivisions, not private entities. The clarifying language also notes that a declaration of rights does not require the state to fund the exercise of those rights. HB 1 has passed the Senate, 16-5, and is now part of the #Delaware Constitution. #ERADEpic.twitter.com/Pfzamzerft— DE House … [Read more...] about Delaware equal rights amendment gets final approval